(1926 - )
Rafi Eitan was born
Ein Harod in 1926. He served in the IDF with the rank of captain. He holds a BSE in Economics
from the London School of Economics.
At age 12, Eitan joined
the Haganah, forerunner of the IDF, from which he
moved to the elite Palmach upon completion of high
school in 1944. Through clandestine operations, he
was to assist the illegal immigration of Jewish refugees
from Europe, who were fleeing Nazism, into Palestine.
During the Israeli
War of Independence (1948-49), Eitan served in army
intelligence, and afterwards in the newly established
Israeli secret service, the Mossad and later as Chief
of Operations of the Shin
Bet, the Israel Security
Agency. In 1960, he was in charge of the Mossad operation
that led to the capture of Adolf
was also involved in the secret planning and implementation
of the attack on the Iraqi
Osirak nuclear reactor in June 1981.
Eitan was appointed
as advisor on terrorism to Prime Minister Menachem
Begin in 1978, and in 1981 was appointed to head
the Bureau of Scientific Relations. In that capacity,
Eitan assumed responsibility for and resigned over
Pollard affair, and the Bureau was disbanded.
From 1985 until 1993, he was head of the government-owned
Israel Chemicals Ltd. After 1993, he became a businessman,
noted for several large scale agricultural and construction
ventures in Cuba.
Rafi Eitan was
elected to the Knesset in March 2006 as head of the
Gil Pensioners Party. In May 2006 he was Minister,
responsible for pensioners.
He is married and
the father of three.
Sources: Israeli Ministry
of Foreign Affairs