Shlomo Ben-ami

Picture of Shlomo Ben-ami

Place of birth: Tangier

Citizenship: Morocco


Israel does not leave attempts to achieve agreement on the settlement of the situation in the Middle East. To this end, the Acting Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami has made several diplomatic missions.

57-year-old Ben-Ami, a Jew of eastern origin, is considered a rising star in the party "Labor" and is quite able to replace Ehud Barak as prime minister.

Born in Tangier (Morocco), Ben-Ami, at the age of 12 years came to Israel. There was a history professor at Tel Aviv University, and then switched to a diplomatic career.

In 1987, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres appointed him as ambassador to Spain. In this role, actively participated in the preparation of the Madrid peace conference in 1991.

Back in Israel, Ben-Ami refused academic career, devoting himself to political activity in the party "Labor", which is considered a bastion of the elite Ashkenazi (Jews of European origin). Demonstrating very high activity in this field, Ben-Ami became one of the most valuable "trumps" Party in the Sephardic community that owns half of Israel`s Jewish population.

The current government of Ehud Barak, Shlomo Ben-Ami has served as Minister of Public Safety and oversees foreign affairs.