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Silvan Shalom

(1958 - )


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Silvan Shalom is an Israeli politician who has served in numerous ministerial roles in the Israeli Cabinet.

Shalom (born August 4, 1958) was born in Tunisia and immigrated to Israel in 1959. He holds a degrees in Economics (B.A.) and Accounting (C.P.A.) from Ben-Gurion University, as well as a law degree (L.L.B.) and an M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.

In 1985, Shalom was appointed adviser to finance minister, Yitzhak Moda'i, who was later appointed justice minister. In 1990, he was appointed as the CEO of the energy ministry and two years later was appointed director in chief of the Israel Electric Company.

In 1992, Shalom was first elected to the Knesset as a member of the Likud party and served on numerous Knesset committees, including Economic Affairs; Finance; State Control; and, Status of Women. From 1997 to 1998, he served as Deputy Minister of Defense and from 1998 to 1999 as Minister of Science & Technology.

From 2001 to 2003, Shalom served as Minister of Finance and in February 2003, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, positions he held until 2006. In 2009, after the election of Benjamin Netanyahu, Shalom was appointed Minister for Regional Development as well as Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee. In 2013, he was also appointed Minister of Energy & Water.

He is married and the father of five.


Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia

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