A native of Kiryat Shemona, Eli lives with his wife and three children in Metula. Eli holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Sciences and a M.A. ( cum laude ) in Business Management from Tel-Aviv University. Prior to joining Tel-Hai, Eli was Managing Director at Kiryat Shemona Municipality and earlier, head of the Education Department at the Gilboa Regional Council. After many years of service in the IDF's Artillery and Armored Corps, Eli was released from the army with the rank of colonel.