Eli Cohen (politician born 1949)
|Date of birth||29 May 1949|
|Place of birth||Jerusalem, Israel|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
Eli Cohen, aka Eli-Eliyahu Cohen (Hebrew: אלי כהן, born 29 May 1949) is a former Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Likud between 2002 and 2003. He was Israel's ambassador to Japan from 2004 until 2007. Today, Cohen works at the Ariel University Center of Samaria.
Born in Jerusalem, Cohen studied mathematics and physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gaining a BA and his MBA degree from the University of West London. He served as a Betar emissary to North America, and was a director of the settlement department of the World Zionist Organization.
A former deputy head of the Ma'ale Adumim council, he was placed 23rd on the Likud list for the 1999 elections, but missed out on a seat as the party won only 19 seats. However, he entered the Knesset on 22 February 2002 as a replacement for Joshua Matza. He lost his seat in the 2003 elections.
Cohen is a 5th degree black belt in karate and has been the president of the Israel Shotokan karate organization. He has coached martial arts at the Wingate Institute. He has also served as ambassador of Israel in Japan from 2004 to 2008.
- Eli Cohen on the Knesset website