Carmel Shama

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Carmel Shama
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Date of birth (1973-08-16) 16 August 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Ramat Gan, Israel
Knessets 18, 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2009–2013 Likud
2014 Likud

Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Hebrew: כרמל שאמה הכהן‬, born 16 August 1973) is an Israeli lawyer and politician. He served as a member of the Knesset for Likud in two spells between 2009 and 2014, before becoming Israel's envoy to the OECD, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.


Born in Ramat Gan, Shama gained a law degree from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and is also a certified estate agent.

A former chairman of the Likud youth council, in 2002 Shama became chairman of the party's Ramat Gan branch. The following year was elected onto the city council, where he held the envrironment portfolio. He was also a member of the city's audit commission, where he triggered a police investigation into mayor Zvi Bar over property deals.[1] For the 2009 Knesset elections Shama won twenty-fifth place on the Likud list, the place reserved for youth candidates.[2] He entered the Knesset as the party won 27 seats.

Prior to the 2013 elections Shama was placed 32nd on the joint Likud Yisrael Beiteinu list,[3] losing his seat as the alliance won only 31 seats. Although he returned to the Knesset in June 2014 as a replacement for Reuven Rivlin after he was elected President,[4] Shama resigned on 6 August 2014 after becoming Israel's envoy to the OECD, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.[5] He was replaced in the Knesset by Alex Miller.[6]

Shama is married to Vered with three sons and a daughter, and lives in Ramat Ef'al.


  1. ^ Shlomit Tzur; Zvi Zrahiya (April 28, 2011). "Zvi Bar tried to buy me, charges MK Carmel Shama". Haaretz. Archived from the original on February 14, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "On the cusp". The Jerusalem Post. February 5, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ Likud Yisrael Beiteinu Central Elections Committee
  4. ^ "Likud's Shama-Hacohen replaces Rivlin in Knesset". The Jerusalem Post. June 10, 2014. Archived from the original on June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ Joshua Davidovich (August 6, 2014). "Yisrael Beytenu MK replaces Likud lawmaker in Knesset shakeup". Times of Israel. Archived from the original on August 11, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Replacements Among Knesset Members". Knesset website. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 

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