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Eli Ben-Menachem

(1947 - )

Eli Ben-Menachem is an Israeli politician who served as a member of Knesset between 1988 and 2006.

Ben-Menachem (Born November 24, 1947) was born in Bombay, India, and immigrated to Israel in 1949. He studied at the IDF Military Academy as an aircraft technician.

Ben-Menachem has served as Director of the Department of Neighborhoods and Development Towns in the Labor Party Central Committee. He was a former chairman of the 13 largest works committees in Israel, the El Al Workers Union and the Tel-Aviv Neighborhood Forum.

In 1988, Ben-Menachem was first elected as a Member of Knesset, winning a seat in the Alignment Party. From 1991 to 1999, Ben-Menachem won representation in Knesset for the Labor Party. In the 1999 elections, Ben-Menachem lost his seat when he was placed 27th on the One Israel Party list and the party only won 26 mandates. However, he reentered the parliament when Yossi Beilin resigned his seat in November 1999. In 2001, he left One Israel and rejoined the Labor Party and retained his seat again in the 2003 elections. In 2006, he left Labor to join Kadima but did not win election to Knesset.

From August 1992 until April 1993, Ben-Menachem served as Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, and from April 1993 until June 1996 as Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction. He also served as Deputy Minister of Industry from March 2001 until October 2002.

In January 2005, Eli Ben-Menachem was appointed Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction. He held that position until November 2005.

He is married and has three children.

Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia