Eitan Cabel was born in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel, in 1959. He served in the IDF as a Sergeant Major and attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Cabel served as President of the Hebrew University Students’ Union and was a former aide to Agriculture Minister Katz-Oz, Opposition Leader Shimon Peres, and Housing Minister Ben-Eliezer.
A Member of Knesset since 1996, he has served as Chairman of the Knesset Economics Committee, and a member of the Constitution, Law and Justice, State Control, Finance, House, and Education, Culture, and Sports Committees. He has also been an active lobbyist, promoting the interests of reserve and enlisted soldiers, security guards, the environment, Israel's cities, and in particular the residents of Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Eitan Cabel served as Minister without Portfolio, responsible for the Israel Broadcasting Authority, from May 2006 until his resignation in May 2007.
He is married and the father of two.