Ze'ev Elkin is an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for Likud. He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs between March 2013 and June 2014, and then became Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Elkin was born in Kharkiv, in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine). Elkin was active in the Bnei Akiva movement, becoming its general secretary of the Soviet Union branch in 1990. In December that year he immigrated to Israel.
He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gaining a BA in history and mathematics in 1994 and an MA in history in the same year. Later Ze'ev Elkin was involved in academic Jewish and medieval studies, in particular, studied the works of Saadia Gaon, and was involved in Jewish education in the countries of former Soviet Union.
Elkin was elected to the 17th Knesset in 2006 as a member of Kadima and chaired the subcommittee on the absorption of immigrant children and youth. In November 2008 he decided to quit Kadima, as he considered it to have become a left-wing party. He subsequently joined Likud, and won twentieth place on its list for the 2009 elections. He retained his seat as Likud won 27 mandates. He was re-elected again 2013.
Elkin, who also serves as chairman for the government coalition, released an election video for his Likud primaries campaign in November 2012 which went viral, earning 250,000 views in only a matter of days.
Elkin currently serves as the Minister of Immigration Absorption.
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