Gilad Erdan

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Gilad Erdan
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Date of birth (1970-09-30) 30 September 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Ashkelon, Israel
Knessets 16, 17, 18, 19
Party represented in Knesset
2003– Likud
Ministerial roles
2009–2013 Minister of Environmental Protection
2013– Minister of Communications
2013– Home Front Defense Minister

Gilad Erdan (Hebrew: גִּלְעָד מְנַשֶּׁה אֶרְדָן, born 30 September 1970) is an Israeli politician who serves as a member of the Knesset for Likud. Erdan is Israel's Minister of Communications.[1] He was formerly Minister of Environmental Protection [2] and Home Front Defense Minister.

Biography[edit]

Gilad Menashe Erdan was born in Ashkelon. He attained the rank of Captain during his military service in the IDF. After being discharged from the army, he studied Law at Bar-Ilan University, gaining an LL.B, and started working as an attorney. Erdan lives in Ashkelon and is married with two children.

Political career[edit]

Erdan worked as an advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and was director of the Department for Public Petitions to the Prime Minister's office between 1996 and 1998. He also worked as an advisor to Likud MK Ariel Sharon in the 1990s.

Erdan was first elected to the Knesset in the 2003 elections. He retained his seat in the 2006 elections despite Likud's collapse from 40 to 12 seats, after winning fourth place on the list in the party's primaries. In the party primaries held on 8 December 2008, he won third place on the list,[3] and was subsequently re-elected in 2009. He was appointed Minister of Environmental Protection, and the Minister in charge of coordinating between the Cabinet and the Knesset in the Netanyahu cabinet.[4] Upon the government taking office in 2009, he expressed support for Avigdor Lieberman's speech opposing the Annapolis Conference and international pressure. He commented that "Israel does not take orders from Obama" and that "citizens of Israel have decided that they will not become the fifty first US state".[5][6]

Erdan with IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz

In the Knesset, Erdan has supported boosting ties between Israel and Evangelical Christians,[7] as well as presenting bills to enforce no-smoking laws,[8] permanently revoking the driving licenses of serial traffic offenders,[9] and allowing the courts to revoke citizenship for "disloyalty to the state".[10] Prior to submitting the latter bill, Erdan was involved in a spat with Israeli Arab MK Azmi Bishara. During a meeting of the Knesset Law and Constitution Committee to discuss a similar proposal by NRP MK Zevulun Orlev, Erdan interrupted a Bishara speech by shouting "Why don't you just go back to Syria?" in reference to Bishara's trip there the previous summer. Bishara responded by saying "Why don't you just go fuck yourself?" creating an uproar in the committee.[11]

In 2011, Erdan turned down an offer to become Israeli ambassador to the United Nations citing his commitment to the environment and desire to further environmental reforms.[12]

Public activities[edit]

Outside the Knesset, Erdan is chairman of Al Sam, an organisation dealing with drug issues (he also serves on the Knesset's Committee on Drug Abuse), and also established the Lobby for Soldiers Missing in Action, of which he remains chairman. Erdan is also a member of the Israel Broadcasting Authority's General Assembly.

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