Alon Schuster

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Alon Schuster
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Date of birth (1957-05-02) 2 May 1957 (age 62)
Place of birthMefalsim, Israel
Knessets21
Faction represented in Knesset
2019–Blue and White

Alon Natan Schuster (Hebrew: אלון נתן שוסטר, born 2 May 1957) is an Israeli politician. He was mayor of Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council between 2002 and 2018, and is currently a member of the Knesset for the Blue and White alliance.

Biography[edit]

Schuster was born in kibbutz Mefalsim in 1957; his father was from Germany and mother from Argentina. After leaving school he did a Service Year in Sderot before enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces for his national service, joining the Nahal Brigade. He lost the sight in one eye in 1981 after being wounded during preparations for the 1982 Lebanon War.

He subsequently worked at the Sha'ar HaNegev Education Centre as a teacher and deputy principal. During the 1990s he served as secretary of Mefalsim. In 1998 he ran for election to become mayor of Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, but was beaten by Shai Hermesh. In March 2002 he became Hermesh's deputy, and was elected mayor of the council later in the year after Hermesh became treasurer of the Jewish Agency.[1] As a member of the Labor Party, he was given the 105th slot on the Zionist Union list for the 2015 Knesset elections.

Prior to the April 2019 elections he joined the new Israel Resilience Party. After the party became part of the Blue and White alliance, he was given the twenty-seventh slot on the joint list,[2] and was subsequently elected to the Knesset as the alliance won 35 seats.

Schuster is married to Lizzie and has four children. He is a supporter of Hapoel Tel Aviv.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schuster finds success as region's new leader San Diego Jewish Press-Heritage, 6 December 2002
  2. ^ 2019 Blue and White list CEC

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