Eitan Cabel

Eitan Cabel
Date of birth (1959-08-23) 23 August 1959
Place of birth Rosh HaAyin, Israel
Knessets 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
1996–1999 Labor Party
2001 One Israel
2001–2015 Labor Party
2015– Zionist Union
Ministerial roles
2006–2007 Minister without Portfolio

Eitan Cabel (Hebrew: איתן כבל; born 23 August 1959) is an Israeli politician and Knesset Member representing the Israeli Labor Party.[1]


Eitan Cabel was born in Rosh HaAyin. After serving in the Israeli Defense Force,[2] he studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was president of the Students' Union.

He is married with 4 children.[3]

Political career

After his graduation he worked as an aide to Agriculture Minister Avraham Katz-Oz, Shimon Peres and Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.[4]

He was first elected to the Knesset in 1996. In the past he has been the chairman of the Subcommittee for the Stock Market, and the Economic Affairs Committee. Currently he is a member of the House Committee, and the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee. He is the chairman of the Lobby for the Promotion of Culture and Art in Israel. He is also a member of the Lobby for Reserve Soldiers, and Social-Environmental Lobby.[5]

In 2007 he resigned his position as Minister without Portfolio, and told Ehud Olmert to resign as well. He said "I can no longer sit in a government headed by Ehud Olmert." He resigned after the Winograd Commission released a report that blamed Olmert and other members of the Israeli government as being responsible for the failures of the Second Lebanon War.[1][6][7]

Cabel retained his seat in the 2009 elections, having been placed seventh on the party's list. In that tenure, he initiated a law that put a limit on call center waiting.[8]


  1. 1 2 "Minister Eitan Cabel resigns". Ynetnews. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  2. "Eitan Cabel". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  3. "The Knesset". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  4. "Eitan Cabel, MK". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  5. "Knesset Member, Eitan Cabel". Knesset.
  6. Hillel Fendel (May 1, 2007). "First Post-Winograd Resignation: Minister Eitan Cabel of Labor". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  7. Mazal Mualem (1 May 2007). "Minister Cabel quits gov't, calls on Olmert to follow his example". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 3 May 2007.
  8. Harel-Kfir, Dafna (January 7, 2013). "New Law Limits Call Center Waiting". Globes. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
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