Dore Gold

(1954 - )


Born in 1954 in Connecticut, Dore Gold comes from an American conservative Jewish family. He immigrated to Israel in 1980, which he had first visited in 1976. He worked successively for the Dayan Centre for Near East Studies of the University of Tel-Aviv and for the Jaffee Centre for Strategic Studies. A specialist of the relationship between Israel and the United States, he is also interested in security in the Near East. He opposed the Oslo Agreements, which he considered as a threat to Israel.

Ambassador Dore Gold is currently President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Dr. Gold served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu from June 1996 to June 1997. In this capacity he dealt extensively with the Prime Minister's contacts in the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and other parts of the Arab world. He was directly involved in the negotiations leading up to the Hebron Agreement and the "Note of the Record" — which served as Prime Minister Netanyahu's underlying principle in his negotiations with the Palestinians. Ambassador Dore Gold was the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999).

The Ambassador is a prominent expert on the Middle East and on American foreign policies in the region. From 1987 through 1996, Dr. Gold served as Director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University. In 1991, Dr. Gold was an advisor to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference and subsequent Arab-Israeli talks in Washington.

Dr. Gold has published numerous books on the Middle East, including a book about the Gulf War for the Israeli Defense Ministry. His publications include: American Military Strategy in the Middle East: The Implications of the US Regional Command Structure (CENTCOM) For Israel (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publications), 1993; Israel as an American Non-NATO Ally: Parameters of Defense and Industrial Cooperation (Boulder: Westview Press), 1992; Arms Control in the Middle East (Boulder: Westview Press), 1990; and Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism, (DC: Regnery Publishing, 2004). He has also published articles in Commentary, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Asahi Shinbun, Die Zeit, Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post and The Guardian.

Dr. Gold received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1984 and his M.A. in 1976 in Political Science. Dr. Gold also received the Certificate of the Middle East Institute from Columbia University in 1978.

Dr. Gold and his wife Ofra are the parents of one son and one daughter.


Source: Israel's Mission to the UN; Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation