Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information, Israel
Gilad Erdan was born in Ashkelon, Israel in 1970. He completed his military service with the rank of Captain. An attorney by profession he holds an L.L.B. from Bar Ilan University. He is married and the father of three children.
Erdan served as Advisor to MK Ariel Sharon (1996) and Advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and director, department for public petitions of the Prime Minister`s Office (1996-1998).
He established and chaired the Lobby for Soldiers Missing in Action and served as chairman of Al Sam, an association that deal with the drug problem. He was also Director General of the Corporation for developing the institutionalization of the Center for Contractors and Builders.
A Member of Knesset since 2003, Erdan has been a member of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice, Finance, Economic Affairs, Education, Culture, and Sports, State Control, Labor, Welfare, and Health, House, Foreign Workers, and Drug Abuse Committees, as well as chairing the Economic Affairs Committee. An active lobbyist on such issues as the environment, closing the social gaps, and Ethiopian immigrants, he chaired the Lobby for the War Against Road Accidents.
Gilad Erdan was appointed Minister of Environmental Protection in March 2009, serving until March 2013 when he was appointed Minister of Communications (until November 2014) and Home Front Protection (until June 2014). In November 2014 he was appointed Minister of the Interior, serving until May 2015. In May 2015 he was appointed Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information.
The session was part of the ICT's 16th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism: "Unpuzzling Terrorism". Minister Erdan noted that security agencies are finding it difficult to prevent lone wolfs attacks. Frustrated young people who use social networks and have easy access to basic weapons like knives are becoming a major concern in today's counter terrorism efforts. Because the Internet is mainstream and widely used, no country can deal with terrorism alone; cooperation is a key to success in countering terrorism.