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Gilad Erdan

(1970 - )

Gilad Erdan is an Israeli politician and cabinet minister who is currently Minister of Communications and Home Front Defense Minister.

Erdan was born in Ashkelon, Israel in 1970. He completed his military service with the rank of Captain. An attorney by profession, he holds an L.L.B. from Bar Ilan University.

Erdan served as Advisor to MK Ariel Sharon (1996) and Advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and director of the department for public petitions of the Prime Minister`s Office (1996-1998).

He established and chaired the Lobby for Soldiers Missing in Action and served as chairman of Al Sam, an association that dealt with the drug problem. He was also Director General of the corporation for developing the institutionalization of the Center for Contractors and Builders.

A Member of the Knesset since 2003, Erdan has been a member of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice, Finance, Economic Affairs, Education, Culture, and Sports, State Control, Labor, Welfare, and Health, House, Foreign Workers, and Drug Abuse Committees, in addition to chairing the Economic Affairs Committee. Erdan is also an active lobbyist on such issues as the environment, closing the social gaps, and Ethiopian immigrants, and he chaired the Lobby for the War Against Road Accidents.

Gilad Erdan was appointed Minister of Environmental Protection in March 2009, a position he held until 2013.

In 2011, Erdan turned down an offer to become Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and two years later was appointed as Minister of Communications as well as Home Front Defense Minister.

He is married and the father of two children.

Sources: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia