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2016

Dore Gold Returns to Head the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs


Amb. Dore Gold

The Jerusalem Center’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the return of Amb. Dore Gold as its president.  The Center, founded in 1976, is a research institute focusing on Israel’s security, regional diplomacy, and international law. 

Amb. Gold returns after serving as Director General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 16 months.  He served as the Jerusalem Center’s president from 2000-2015.  He was Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations between 1997 and 1999.

Amb. Dore Gold meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, January 12, 2016

Amb. Dore Gold meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken,
January 12, 2016

In the Foreign Ministry, Amb. Gold oversaw a major foreign policy pivot to Africa, Asia and Muslim states. He was part of the prime minister’s team dealing with Eastern Mediterranean gas issues.  The Israeli diplomatic team he led crisscrossed Africa, re-establishing a political dialogue with South Africa and meeting with senior officials from Guinea on the Atlantic coast to Chad on the Sudanese border.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov greets Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, February 18, 2016.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov greets Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, February 18, 2016. (Photo: E. Pesov)

Amb. Dore Gold with the director-general of the South African Foreign Ministry, Amb. Jerry Matthews Matjila, March 10, 2016.

Amb. Dore Gold with the director-general of the South African Foreign Ministry, Amb. Jerry Matthews Matjila, March 10, 2016.
(Photo: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Response

Upon leaving the Foreign Ministry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted, “Dore has been with me for 25 years.  I am convinced that he will seriously take upon himself any mission, whenever he is asked.”

Amb. Dore Gold meeting with South African youth outside Mandela House in Soweto, March 16, 2016.

Amb. Dore Gold meeting with South African youth outside Mandela House in Soweto, March 16, 2016. (Photo: Ant Katz, South African Jewish Report)

Returning to the Jerusalem Center, Amb. Gold stated, “I am pleased to be back. I plan on working with the Jerusalem Center’s extraordinary team of researchers and staffers.” Gold continued, “We are in the midst of a ‘war of ideas’ that only intensifies.  Israel’s legal rights are under assault and even its historic rights are challenged in bodies like UNESCO.”

Amb. Dore Gold reopens Israel’s embassy in Cairo, Egypt, September 9, 2015.

Amb. Dore Gold reopens Israel’s embassy in Cairo, Egypt, September 9, 2015.
(Photo: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold meeting with President Idriss Deby of Chad, July 14, 2016.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold meeting with President Idriss Deby of Chad, July 14, 2016. (Photo: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

“In the coming year,” Amb. Gold said, “Israel will be commemorating the 100th year since the Balfour Declaration and the 50th year since the reunification of Jerusalem.  Our Center will be on the front lines of the struggle for establishing the historical truths of these events.”

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