David Magen

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David Magen
Date of birth (1945-09-04) 4 September 1945 (age 69)
Place of birth Fes, Morocco
Year of aliyah 1949
Knessets 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Faction represented in Knesset
1981–1999 Likud
1999 Centre Party
2001–2003 Centre Party
Ministerial roles
1990 Minister without Portfolio
1990–1992 Minister of Economics & Planning

David Magen (Hebrew: דוד מגן‎, born David Monsonego; 4 September 1945) is a former Israeli politician who served as a Minister without Portfolio and Minister of Economics and Planning in the 1990s.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Fes in Morocco, Magen made aliyah to Israel in 1949, where he attended high school in Jerusalem. Between 1976 and 1986 he served as mayor of Kiryat Gat. In 1981 he was elected to the Knesset on the Likud list, and was re-elected in 1984 and 1988, becoming chairman of the party's local authorities elections headquarters in 1989. In March 1990 he was made a Minister without Portfolio by Yitzhak Shamir, becoming Minister of Economics and Planning in June that year.

Although he retained his seat in the 1992 elections, Likud lost power and Magen lost his ministerial position. He returned to the cabinet after Binyamin Netanyahu's victory in the 1996 elections, and was reappointed Minister without Portfolio. However, he left the cabinet in May 1997. In February 1999 he was amongst the Likud MKs to break away from the party and establish Israel in the Center (later renamed the Centre Party).

Magen lost his seat in the 1999 elections, but returned to the Knesset in March 2001 as a replacement for Amnon Lipkin-Shahak. He lost his seat again in the 2003 elections.

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