(1930 - )
Zalman Shoval was born in 1930.
After his education in Tel Aviv, Mr. Shoval went to the
United States for his undergraduate studies, obtaining a Bachelors
Degree in International Relations from the University of California at
Berkeley. He then attended the Graduate Institute of International Studies
at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, obtaining an advanced degree in
Political Science and International Relations.
He first served in the Foreign Ministry from 1955 to
1957 when he left Government service and went into banking. In 1970 he
entered the Knesset (Israels
Parliament), fisrt from 1970 – 1981, representing the independent RAFI
Party set up by the late David
Ben-Gurion, and later the newly created Likud. He was again
elected in 1988 to the 12th Knesset on the Likud list, serving as a Member
of the Knesset Foreign and Security Affairs Committee and Economics
Committee. He resigned from the Knesset in 1990 upon his appointment to the
post of Israels Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Shoval
participated in the Madrid Peace Conference and subsequently served as a member of the Israeli team negotiating with
Jordanian and Palestinian delegations.
Before that, in 1977 he served as a member of Israels
delegation to the United Nations General
Assembly, and three years later he represented the Knesset at the annual
meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
In April 1978 the late Moshe Dayan, then Foreign
Minister, recalled Mr. Shoval to the Foreign Ministry, appointing him Head
of Israels Foreign Information Activities – a post in which he served
until after the Camp David Conference and
the signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty.
Since the late fifties, Ambassador Shoval has also been
active in the economic life of Israel, mainly in banking, finance and
industry – for a number of years he also was Chairman of the Council of
the Israeli Bankers Association.
After concluding his first term as Israels Ambassador
to the U.S., Mr. Shoval resumed his business activities, including, inter
alia, the position of Chairman of the Bank of Jerusalem, Ltd., which
specializes in mortgage banking, private banking and securities business,
and Export Investment Corp. Ltd., – both listed on the Tel Aviv
Stock Exchange, as well as INVENTECH, a high-tech Venture Capital
Company, and Israels second direct insurance company. Mr. Shoval was,
till his recent re-appointment as Ambassador, Chairman of the New Israel
Mr. Shoval, together with a number of friends, in 1977
founded the Moshe Dayan Public Forum for Political and Social
Questions, a non-partisan public affairs society, and in 1983 he was
among the founders of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at
Tel Aviv University, and is currently a member of its Board of Trustees.
He has written numerous articles in Hebrew, English,
French and German on political, historical and economic topics, published
in various Israeli and foreign newspapers and periodicals.
Ambassador Shoval was a member of all the Likuds
Central Bodies. Until the elections of 1996 he was Head of the Foreign
Relations Bureau of the Party. In December 1997, he was unanimously elected
as President of the World Likud, a post from which he has now
In July of 1998 Mr. Shoval was, for the second time, appointed
to the post of Israels Ambassador to the United States. In February
of 1993, Mr. Shoval had concluded his previous tenure as Israels Ambassador to
Washington (1990 – 1993).
In November 2003, Shoval was elected President of the
Israel America Chamber of Commerce.
He holds the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel (res.) in the I.D.F.
Mr. Shoval is married to Kena (nee Mayer) and they have
three children, Michal, Yael and Gideon, and three grandchildren.