Effie Eitam was born in 1952 at Kibbutz Ein Gev, and lives with his family in Moshav Nov, in the Golan Heights. During his service as a member of Knesset, he served under the Ichud HaLeumi-Mafdal (National Union-National Religious Party) as a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, in the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, and Joint Committee for the Defense Budget.
Effie Eitam is widely experienced in security and defense, following an outstanding military career. During the Yom Kippur War, Eitam fought as a captain on the Syrian front, and was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Service. He served as commander of the Golani reconnaissance unit, and participated in the Entebbe raid to free the Air France hostages held in Uganda by Arab terrorists. In 1987, Eitam was appointed the second commander of the recently established Givati division. Appointed brigadier general at the age of only 42, he served as commander of the IDF in Lebanon, and was the last active combat commander against the Hezbollah before the retreat from Lebanon.
Upon entering public life in 2002, Eitam was elected to the 16th Knesset, joined the Mafdal (National Religious Party), and was chosen to be the party leader. When the Mafdal joined Ariel Sharon’s first government, Eitam served first as Minister Without Portfolio, and in 2002-2003, served as the Minister of National Infrastructure. He served as Minister of Construction and Housing in 2003-2004.