| Silvan Shalom was born 1958 in Tunisia, and immigrated to Israel in 1959.
He is currently foreign minister. Appointed in 2003, he replaced Binyamin Netanyahu.
He first entered the Knesset in 1992 as a Likud member, and served as finance minister from 2001 to 2003.
He achieved the rank of sergeant in the IDF and attended Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, from which he received a BA in economics as well as CPA certification. He later attended Tel Aviv University, from which he received an LLB law degree as well as an MA in public policy.
He is married to talk-show host Judy Shalom Nir Mozes. The couple has five children and lives in Ramat Gan.|