Daniel "Danny" Ayalon (Hebrew: דניאל "דני" איילון, born 17 December 1955) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as Deputy Foreign Minister and as a member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu. He is a former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, serving from 2002 until 2006.
Danny Ayalon was born in Tel Aviv in 1955 to Rafael Ayalon, an Algerian Jewish refugee, and Lily Sigalov, a Polish Jewish refugee who immigrated to Israel in 1937. He was raised and educated in Tel Aviv, and was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces where he rose to the rank of captain in the Armored Corps.
He received a BA in economics from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Bowling Green University in Ohio. Ayalon took up a position a senior finance executive in Koor Industries, Israel's leading international trading company.