MK, Dr. Yuval Steinitz

MK, Dr. Yuval Steinitz

Minister of Energy

Dr. Yuval Steinitz was born in 1958 and grew up in Ramot HaShavim. In the military, Minister Steinitz did his army servedice as a combat soldier in the 12th Battalion of the Golani Brigade, and continued to serve as a reserve soldier, when he was lightly wounded during the first Lebanon war in battles against the Syrian army.

Education: BA and MA in Philosophy (both cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; PhD at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University (1994); Winner of the Alon Scholarship for Outstanding Young Researchers (1993). Minister Steinitz taught philosophy at the University of Haifa and wrote popular books on the subject, some of which became bestsellers., andHe also published many current affair articles on security and strategy.

In 19991999, Dr. Steinitz was elected to the Knesset on behalfas a member of the Likud party, and was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and the Science and Technology Committee.

In the 16th Knesset in 2003, he was appointed chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Secret Services.

In 2009, Dr. Steinitz was appointed Minister of Finance in the midst of the global economic crisis and contributed to stabilizing the Israeli economy., and iIn 2010, he successfully led Israel's accession to the OECD.

After the elections Infor the 19th Knesset in 2013, Dr. Steinitz served as Strategy and Intelligence Minister and oversaw the activities of the defense establishment’s secret services and the Atomic Energy Commission. He also coordinated an international diplomatic campaign against the Iranian nuclear program and led strategic dialogues with the United States.

In 2015, Dr. Steinitz was appointed Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water (in 2017 the Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Energy). In tthis positioncapacity, the Minister Steinitz is promoteding the acceleratedion of the development of gas reserves, in order to strengthen Israel's political and energy security and formulated the gas outline . As a continuation of the policy of opening the market to competition, Minister Steinitz announced the opening of the seaIsraeli waters to the exploration of natural gas and oil, in order to encourage leading international companies to enter the Israeli market and strengthen Israel's position in the global natural gasenergy market.