Yoni Chetboun

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Yoni Chetboun
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Date of birth (1979-03-13) March 13, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Nahariya, Israel
Knessets 19
Party represented in Knesset
2013– The Jewish Home

Yonatan "Yoni" Chetboun (Hebrew: יונתן "יוני" שטבון‎, born March 13, 1979) is an Israeli politician. He is a member of the Jewish Home party and placed 11th on its list for the 19th Knesset.[1] He is a Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, and sits on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Early life and military career[edit]

Chetboun was born in Nahariya to French Jewish immigrants and grew up in Netanya. He attended a Bnei Akiva yeshiva high school, before becoming a student at Yeshivat Otniel. In 1998 he began his national service, and joined the 51st Battalion of the Golani Brigade. He was selected to join the Egoz Reconnaissance Unit.[2] The Egoz unit consists of special forces, with their main theatre of operations being against Hezbollah in Lebanon, though the unit takes part in operations in all theaters, such as Judea, Samaria and Gaza. He fought in the Second Lebanon War, seeing action at the Battle of Bint Jbeil,[3] and was awarded the Chief of Staff citation.[4] He continued to serve in the reserves after active duty, and left the IDF in 2008.

Chetboun studied at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where he gained a bachelor's degree in governance and strategy.[2] In 2011, he founded the "Kanaf" consulting firm.

He is married with 6 children.[5]

Public career[edit]

Prior to his political career, Chetboun was active in the Religion Zionist community and founded the Ra'ananim – Religious Zionist Youth movement. The organization was active in strengthening Jewish Identity among Israeli youth.[2] During Operation Cast Lead, Chetboun was one of the organizers of a demonstration in support of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the residents of southern Israel. He was motivated by the lack of public confidence in the IDF during the Second Lebanon War in which he fought, which according to him hurt the morale of the troops.[2][6] In lectures and events, Chetboun advocated a foreign policy based on three pillars: Military Prowess, Diplomatic Finesse and most importantly, the assertion of principles in the robust pursuit of the national interest.

He joined the Jewish Home party and supported Naftali Bennett in its 2012 leadership election.[2]


  1. ^ "The Jewish Home". Israeli Central Elections Committee.  (Hebrew)
  2. ^ a b c d e Ezra, Hezki (May 22, 2012). "Yoni Chetboun: Candidate for the Jewish Home Party". Israel National News. Retrieved January 30, 2013.  (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Habayit Hayehudi: A helping hand for Francophones Le Ptit Hebdo, August 29, 2012 (French)
  4. ^ "Medal and Citation Recipients in the Second Lebanon War in the Golani Brigade". Golani Brigade website. Retrieved January 29, 2013.  (Hebrew)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Zemer, Michal; Shapira, Efrat (January 6, 2009). "Combatants from Lebanon Strengthen IDF Soldiers in Gaza Strip". nrg Ma'ariv. Retrieved January 29, 2013.  (Hebrew)

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