Shalom Simhon

Shalom Simhon
Date of birth (1956-12-07) 7 December 1956
Place of birth Kfar Saba, Israel
Knessets 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Faction represented in Knesset
1996–1999 Labor Party
1999–2001 One Israel
2001–2011 Labor Party
2011–2013 Independence
Ministerial roles
2001–2002 Minister of Agriculture
2005 Minister of the Environment
2006–2011 Minister of Agriculture
2011–2013 Minister of Industry, Trade & Labour
2011–2013 Minister of Minorities

Shalom Simhon (Hebrew: שלום שמחון, born 7 December 1956) is an Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset for Independence and the Labor Party. He previously served as the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour and Minister of Minorities in the Israeli cabinet.


Born in Kfar Saba, after completing his national service, Simhon studied for a BA in social work, and became a social worker. He lives in Even Menachem, a moshav in the western Galilee, and was secretary general of the Moshavim Movement. He has also chaired the Social Department of the Moshavim Movement, the Youth Department of the Moshavim Movement (for which he was also secretary) and was secretary general of HaMerkaz HaHakla'i.

Simhon was first elected to the Knesset in the 1996 elections. He retained his seat in the 1999 elections, and was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ariel Sharon's national unity government as well as serving as chairman of the Finance Committee. He served in the cabinet again during the 16th Knesset after Labour joined the government, this time as Minister of the Environment. In 2006 there was an investigation into whether he had received personal favours from an airline company, though he denied the claim.[1]

After retaining his seat in the 2006 elections he was reappointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. He retained his seat again in the 2009 elections, having been placed twelfth on the Labor list. In January 2011 he was one of five members to leave Labor to establish Independence, and was appointed Industry, Trade and Labour Minister, replacing Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.[2] On 18 January he was also appointed Minister of Minorities.[3] During his tenure as the Trade and Labor Minister, the ministry passed a law requiring retailers to clearly display food items whose price is regulated by the government.[4] The ministry, following the initiative of Eitan Cabel, also made it easier for consumers to return items they purchased and get their money back.[4]

He lost his Knesset seat in 2013 after Independence chose not to contest the elections.


  1. Zvi Zrahiya (31 May 2006). "Minister Simhon denies receiving personal favors from airline". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. Jonathan Lis; Mazal Mualem (18 January 2011). "Barak's Atzmaut faction receives four portfolios in coalition government". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  3. Gil Hoffman (19 January 2011). "PM announces creation of Homeland Security Ministry". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. 1 2 Davidovich-Weissberg, Gabriela (13 November 2012). "המהפכות הצרכניות שעברו בכנסת הנוכחית ואלו שמחכות לאחר הבחירות" [Consumer Right Revolutions Passed in the Current Knesset and Those Waiting in the Next]. TheMarker (in Hebrew). Retrieved 5 January 2012.
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