Michael Eitan (Hebrew: מיכאל איתן; born 6 March 1944) is an Israeli politician. A member of the Knesset for Likud from 1984 until 2013, he also served as Minister of Science & Technology between July 1997 and July 1998 and Minister of Improvement of Government Services from 2009 until 2013.
|Date of birth||6 March 1944|
|Place of birth||Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine|
|Knessets||11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
|1997–1998||Minister of Science & Technology|
|2009–2013||Minister of Improvement of Government Services|
Born in Tel Aviv during the Mandate era, Eitan took legal studies at Tel Aviv University. He joined the Herut party, and was a chairman of its youth guard, before becoming a member of the party's central committee and chairman of its Ramat Gan branch.
He was elected to the Knesset on the Likud list (within which Herut was a faction until 1988) in 1984, and was re-elected in 1988, 1992 and 1996, becoming coalition chairman after the latter election, having been co-ordinator of the opposition between 1992 and 1996. In July 1997 he was appointed Minister of Science & Technology, but was replaced by Silvan Shalom in July the following year. He then served as a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office until the 1999 elections. During the Knesset term he chaired its sub-committee on communication and information and helped establish the Knesset's website.
Although he retained his seat in the 1999 elections, they were won by the Labor Party-led One Israel alliance and Eitan lost his place in the cabinet. He was re-elected in 2003, 2006 and 2009, after which he briefly served as temporary Knesset speaker due to him being the longest-serving MK alongside Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. He was later appointed Minister of Improvement of Government Services. He did not contest the 2013 elections.
Eitan is a resident of the town of Kokhav Ya'ir, and was a founder and director of the settlement project.
- 18th Knesset will be sworn-in today The Jerusalem Post, 23 Feb 2009, Retrieved 9 September 2011