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Silvan Shalom
Silvan Shalom, then Foreign Minister of Israel, with Colin Powell
Date of birth 4 October 1958 (1958-10-04) (age 51)
Place of birth Gabès, Tunisia
Year of aliyah 1959
Knessets 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Party Likud
Ministerial posts
(current in bold)
Vice Prime Minister
Minister for Regional Development
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Finance
Minister of Science & Technology

About this sound Silvan Shalom (Hebrew: ציון סילבן משה שלום‎ (officially Tzion Silvan Moshe Shalom)[1], born 4 October 1958) is an Israeli politician, member of the Knesset for Likud and the country's Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development. He previously served as the country's Foreign Minister and Finance Minister.


Born in Gabès, Tunisia to the Sephardi Spanish Jewish Beit Shalom dynasty, Shalom made aliyah to Israel in 1959. Like most Israelis, he inducted into the Israel Defense Forces at the age of 18 and achieved the rank of Sergeant.

Shalom attended Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, from which he received a BA in Economics as well as CPA. certification. He later attended Tel Aviv University, from which he received an LLB law degree as well as an MA in Public Policy.

Shalom worked as a journalist before being elected to the Knesset as a member of the Likud party in 1992. A widely unexpected candidate for the post of Foreign Minister, he switched places with Binyamin Netanyahu when the Labor Party left the government in 2002.

After challenging Netanyahu for party leadership in late 2005 and achieving second place, Shalom was granted the second spot on the Likud list to the 2006 general election and thus did not compete in the 11 January 2006 primaries. He was placed seventh on the party's list for the 2009 elections.

Shalom is married to Israeli talk show host Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. The couple have five children and reside in Ramat Gan.

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  1. ^ ("Shalom told the amused ministers that his name, as it appears in his identification card, is Zion Silvan Moshe, but that Silvan is the one that took hold")


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