Danny Danon

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Danny Danon
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Date of birth (1971-05-08) 8 May 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth Ramat Gan, Israel
Knessets 18, 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2009– Likud
Ministerial roles
2015– Minister of Science, Technology and Space

Danny Danon (Hebrew: דני דנון‎, born 8 May 1971) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Likud and as Minister of Science, Technology and Space. He is also chairman of World Likud. He previously served as Chair of the Knesset Committee for Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs and Deputy Minister of Defence.


Danon was born in Ramat Gan to Joseph and Yoheved Danon. He attended Blikh High School and was a member of the Betar youth movement. he earned a Bachelor's degree in international affairs from the Florida International University, and a Master's degree in public policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After his national service in the IDF between 1994 and 1996, Danon was sent to Miami by the Jewish Agency.[1]

In 1996 he was appointed assistant to Likud MK Uzi Landau. Later on he was appointed the Chairman of the World Betar organization for a few years. Prior to the 2006 elections, Danon won 23rd spot on Likud's list in the party primaries. However, the party won only 12 seats, and Danon did not enter the Knesset.[1] In June 2006, after beating MK Yuval Steinitz, Danon was elected Chairman of the World Likud organization.[2] Danon was active against Prime-Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan during the referendum conducted by the latter in the Likud party's central committee.

In July 2007 Danon, described as one of Benjamin Netanyahu's biggest critics from within the Likud, declared his candidacy for the Likud leadership elections.[3] He eventually finished third. In 2008, Danon filed a petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice to rescind the citizenship of former MK Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel after he was suspected of aiding Hezbollah, an enemy organization of Israel, during the 2006 Lebanon War. The petition was rejected.

Prior to the 2009 elections he won twenty-fourth place on the Likud list, and entered the Knesset as the party won 27 seats. He became a Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. In an August 2011 interview with Teymoor Nabili on Al Jazeera English, Mr. Danon said "There is place only for one state on the land of Israel.... I do not believe in a two-state solution."[4]

After being re-elected in 2013, Danon was appointed as Deputy Minister of Defense in Netanyahu's government. However, on 15 July 2014 Danon was fired from the by Netanyahu after publicly criticizing Netnayahu's handling of Operation Protective Edge.[5][6]

Danon submitted his candidacy for the 2014 Likud leadership election on 8 December 2014.[7] The only candidate to run against Netanyahu, he received 19% of the vote. After retaining his Knesset seat in the 2015 elections he was appointed Minister of Science, Technology and Space in Netanyahu's new government.


  1. ^ a b Paz, Shelly (2009-02-05). "On the cusp". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ Betar chair trounces MK Steinitz in World Likud poll Haaretz, 19 June 2006
  3. ^ Danon joins race for Likud leadership Jerusalem Post, 13 July 2007
  4. ^ Danny Danon talks to Al Jazeera Al Jazeera, 5 August 2011
  5. ^ Netanyahu fires Danon for critical remarks Yedioth Acharonoth, 15 July 2014
  6. ^ Danon says criticism of negligent handling of Hamas tunnels led to ouster The Jerusalem Post, 28 September 2014
  7. ^ "Danny Danon submits candidacy for Likud leadership". Times of Israel. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 

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