Ofer Shelah

Ofer Shelah
Date of birth (1960-02-09) 9 February 1960
Place of birth Kiryat Bialik, Israel
Knessets 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2013– Yesh Atid

Ofer Shelah (Hebrew: עפר שלח, born 9 February 1960) is an Israeli journalist and politician. He has served as a member of the Knesset for Yesh Atid since 2013.


Shelah was drafted into the IDF in 1977. He volunteered as a paratrooper in the Paratroopers Brigade, and in 1979 became an officer after completing Officer Candidate School. He served as a platoon leader and as an executive officer in the paratroopers,[1] and took part in various raids against terrorist camps in lebanon. After he was honourabley discharged he fought as a platoon leader and as company commander in reserve Paratroopers Brigade in the 1982 Lebanon War and ended up losing an eye in Lebanon in 1983.[2] He later published a book about his experiences, "Guf Sheni". He has been a journalist for Maariv and Yedioth Ahronoth for 25 years along with hosting popular television news and sports programs. As a journalist, Shelah specialized in writing about security issues and on sports.[3]

Prior to the 2013 Knesset elections he joined the new Yesh Atid party, and was placed sixth on its list.[4] He was elected to the Knesset as the party won 19 seats. He was placed sixth on the party's list for the 2015 elections,[5] and was re-elected as the party won 11 seats.

Shelah lives in moshav Ginaton, and is widowed with two children.[3]


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