Ambassador Dore Gold served as President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs from 2000 until June 7, 2015, when he was appointed Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ambassador Gold also served as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Ambassador Gold was a member of the Israeli delegation at the 1998 Wye River negotiations between Israel and the PLO, outside of Washington. He negotiated the Note for the Record, which supplemented the 1997 Hebron Protocol, and in 1996 concluded the negotiations with the U.S., Lebanon, Syria, and France for the creation of the Monitoring Group for Southern Lebanon. In 1991, he served as an advisor to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. From 1985 to 1996 he was a senior research associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, where he was Director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project. Dr. Gold received his BA (’75), MA (’76), and PhD (’84) from Columbia University, where he specialized in the Middle East and in international law.
More recently, Ambassador Gold appeared at Brandeis University on November 5, 2009 where he debated Justice Richard Goldstone on the veracity of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. A year later on October 20, 2010, he was invited by the Office of the Prosecutor to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague to discuss with a panel of experts the Palestinian Authority’s declaration recognizing ICC jurisdiction in territories that it claimed. Ambassador Gold was invited by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives on April 5, 2011 to testify on Israel’s rights to defensible borders. He was joined by Major General (res.) Uzi Dayan and Brigadier General (res.) Udi Dekel.
Ambassador Gold has written numerous books and articles on the Middle East, including The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West (Washington: Regnery, 2009), The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Washington: Regnery, 2007); Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (New York: Crown Forum, 2004); Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Washington: Regnery, 2003); and U.S. Military Strategy in the Middle East (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publications, 1993). His articles have appeared in Asahi Shinbun, Commentary, Daily Telegraph, Die Zeit, Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Ofra, and their two children, Yael and Ariel.