|Date of birth||9 February 1960|
|Place of birth||Kiryat Bialik, Israel|
|Knessets||19, 20, 21, 22, 23|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
|2019–2020||Blue and White|
Shelah was born in Kiryat Bialik. He started his Israel Defense Forces service in 1977 as a paratrooper in the Paratroopers Brigade, and in 1979 became an officer after completing Officer Candidate School. He served as a platoon leader and as an executive officer in the paratroopers, and took part in various raids against PLO camps in Lebanon. After he was honourably discharged he fought as a platoon leader and as company commander in reserve Paratroopers Brigade in the 1982 Lebanon War and lost an eye in Lebanon in 1983. He later published a book about his experiences, Guf Sheni (Hebrew: Second Person; lit. second body).
He started worked as a journalist for the mainstream daily' 'Maariv in 1988, later moving to its competitor Yedioth Ahronoth, as well as hosting television news and sports programs. As a journalist, Shelah specialized in writing about security issues and on sports.
Prior to the 2013 Knesset elections Shelah joined the new Yesh Atid party, and was placed sixth on its list. He was elected to the Knesset as the party won 19 seats. During his first time, he was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee. He was placed sixth on the party's list for the 2015 elections, and was re-elected as the party won 11 seats.
- Incoming chief IDF rabbi vows to 'respect all faiths, races and sexual orientations' Israel Hayom, 14 July 2016
- Gal Perl Finkel, Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water, The Jerusalem Post, August 09, 2018.
- How to win a modern war The Jerusalem Post, 7 September 2016
- Ofer Shelah Knesset
- All the kingmaker’s men, and women Times of Israel, 23 January 2013
- Yesh Atid Central Elections Committee
- Yesh Atid list Central Elections Committee
- Ofer Shelah on the Knesset website