|Date of birth||4 September 1945|
|Place of birth||Fes, Morocco|
|Year of aliyah||1949|
|Knessets||10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15|
|Faction represented in Knesset|
|1990||Minister without Portfolio|
|1990–1992||Minister of Economics & Planning|
Life and career
Born in Fes in Morocco, Magen made aliyah to Israel in 1949, where he attended high school in Jerusalem. Between 1976 and 1986 he served as mayor of Kiryat Gat. In 1981 he was elected to the Knesset on the Likud list, and was re-elected in 1984 and 1988, becoming chairman of the party's local authorities elections headquarters in 1989. In March 1990 he was made a Minister without Portfolio by Yitzhak Shamir, becoming Minister of Economics and Planning in June that year.
Although he retained his seat in the 1992 elections, Likud lost power and Magen lost his ministerial position. He returned to the cabinet after Binyamin Netanyahu's victory in the 1996 elections, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance. However, he left the cabinet in May 1997. In February 1999 he was amongst the Likud MKs to break away from the party and establish Israel in the Center (later renamed the Centre Party).
- David Magen on the Knesset website