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Dudi Amsalem

Dudi Amsalem
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Date of birth (1960-08-11) 11 August 1960 (age 57)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2015– Likud

David "Dudi" Amsalem (Hebrew: דוד "דודי" אמסלם‬, born 11 August 1960), is an Israeli politician.


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 Yisrael 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]

Haaretz, summarizing the opinion of liberal Jewish leaders, wrote, "If American Jews needed more proof that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has all but written them off, they need look no further" than Amsalem.[6]

Amsalem lives in the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, and is married with two daughters.


  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. ^ Netanyahu’s New Coalition Whip Is No Fan of Progressive U.S. Jews, Expected appointment of David Amsalem raises concerns that a conversion bill discriminating against non-Orthodox Jews in Israel will soon become law. Judy Maltz, Haaretz, Dec. 21, 2017

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