Dudi Amsalem
Ministerial roles
2019–2020Minister of Communications
2020–2021Minister for Cyber and National Digital Matters
Faction represented in the Knesset
2015–Likud
Personal details
Born (1960-08-11) 11 August 1960 (age 61)
Jerusalem, Israel

David "Dudi" Amsalem (Hebrew: דָּוִד "דּוּדִי" אַמְסָלֶם, born 11 August 1960), is an Israeli politician. He currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Likud. He previously held the posts of Minister of Communications, the Minister for Cyber and National Digital Matters and as the Government-Knesset Liaison.

Biography

David (Dudi) Amsalem was born and raised in Jerusalem. His parents, Avraham and Sultana Amsalem, were immigrants from Morocco. Amsalem was educated at Yeshivat Or Etzion. During his IDF national service he was a tank commander in the Armored Corps. He later obtained a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University.

A member of the Likud, he became chairman of the party's Jerusalem branch. He was placed 42nd on the joint Likud Beiteinu list for the 2013 Knesset elections,[1] but with the alliance winning only 31 seats, he did not become a Knesset member. Prior to the 2015 Knesset elections he was placed 21st on the party's list,[2] a slot reserved for a candidate from the Jerusalem area.[3] He was elected to the Knesset as Likud won 30 seats.[4] In December 2017 he was appointed whip of the governing coalition.[5]

After being re-elected in the April 2019 elections, he was appointed as Minister of Communications on 1 July. He was re-elected in September 2019 and March 2020. In May 2020 he was appointed Minister for Cyber and National Digital Matters.[6] Although he retained his seat in the 2021 elections, Likud went into opposition and he left the cabinet.

Amsalem has a long history of attacking non-Orthodox streams of Judaism. According to Yizhar Hess, executive director of the Conservative-Masorti movement in Israel, "There is no one in Likud who is more hostile to the non-Orthodox movements than Amsalem."[7]

During a 2022 debate on legislation authorizing the hooking up of illegally built homes to the Israeli power grid, an issue that disproportionately impacts Israeli-Arab and Haredi citizens of Israel, Amsalem objected to Ra'am MK Walid Taha speaking Arabic during the legislative session, saying "look at what we’ve gotten to: Two Arabs speaking to each other... You will speak Hebrew here in the Israeli parliament."[8]

Amsalem is a widower with two daughters. He is a resident of Ma'ale Adumim.

References

  1. ^ Likud Beytenu Candidates for the 19th Knesset Israel Democracy Institute
  2. ^ Likud list Central Elections Committee
  3. ^ Israel election updates / Likud primary results are in: Erdan, Edelstein get top spots Haaretz, 1 January 2015
  4. ^ Final Unofficial* results of the Elections for the Twentieth Knesset Central Elections Committee
  5. ^ Netanyahu’s New Coalition Whip Is No Fan of Progressive U.S. Jews Haaretz, 21 December 2017
  6. ^ Twenty-Third Knesset: Government 35 Knesset
  7. ^ Netanyahu’s New Coalition Whip Is No Fan of Progressive U.S. Jews Haaretz, 21 December 2017
  8. ^ . Times of Israel https://www.timesofisrael.com/power-struggle-bill-to-hook-up-illegal-arab-homes-to-grid-passes-in-stormy-session/. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)