Eliyahu Yishai was born in Jerusalem in 1962.
He served in the IDF and studied at Yeshivat Hanegev and Yeshivat
Porat Yosef. He is Chairman of the Shas Party.
Yishai was a member of the Jerusalem Municipal Council (1991),
Secretary-General of the Shas party (1993-1994) and Director General of El
Hama'ayan, the Shas-affiliated educational institution (1995-1996).
Eliyahu Yishai was elected to the Knesset in 1996 and served as Minister of
Labor and Social Affairs from June 1996 - July 1999.
He served as Minister of Labor and Social Affairs from July 1999 until his
resignation in July 2000.
Eli Yishai served as Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister from March
2001 until February 2003. In the 15th and 16th Knessets he served as a Member of
the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Eli Yishai served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade
and Labor from May 2006 until March 2009, when he was appointed Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of the Interior in the Netanyahu government, serving until
He is married and the father of five children.