Dore Gold

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dore Gold
דורי גולד
11th Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations
In office
Preceded byGad Yaacobi
Succeeded byYehuda Lancry
Personal details
Born1953 (age 70–71)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University (BA, MA, PhD)

Dore Gold (Hebrew: דורי גולד, born 1953) is an American-Israeli political scientist and diplomat who served as Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations from 1997 to 1999. He is currently the President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He was also an advisor to the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first term in office. In May 2015, Netanyahu named him Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a position he held until October 2016.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dore Gold was born in 1953 in Hartford, Connecticut, in the United States, and was raised in a Conservative Jewish home. His primary education was spent at the Orthodox Yeshiva of Hartford.[2] In the 1970s, Gold attended Northfield Mount Hermon School (Class of 1971) and then enrolled in Columbia University. There Gold earned BA and MA in Political Science, and then a PhD in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.[3]

He studied literary Arabic and specialized in international law, and his doctoral dissertation was about Saudi Arabia. This research later formed the foundation for his 2003 New York Times bestseller, Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism. In the book, Gold argues that Saudi Arabia actively funds terrorism by supporting the enemies of the U.S. and attacking its allies.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

Dore Gold's political career began in 1985 when Gold served as senior research associate at Tel Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Centre for Near East Studies. Later, he was appointed Director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project at the Jaffee Centre for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and held this position from 1985 to 1996.[1]

In 1991, Gold was an advisor to the Israeli delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference. From June 1996 to June 1997 he served as Foreign Policy Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.[6]

According to Barry Rubin and Judith Colp Rubin, Gold and Netanyahu advisor Yitzhak Molcho were the first envoys of the newly elected Likud government to meet with Yasser Arafat in the Gaza Strip on June 27, 1996.[7] Dennis Ross relates to the "Abu-Mazen-Dore Gold" talks that ensued afterwards as a result of which the Palestinians closed down offices in East Jerusalem that Israel had argued were a violation of the Oslo Accords.[8]

Also in 1996, Gold secured a commitment from Secretary of State Warren Christopher that the Rabin "deposit" on the future of the Golan Heights did not bind the State of Israel. This effort also included obtaining a new US commitment from the Clinton administration to the September 1975 Ford letter, in which it was stated that the US would give great weight to Israel remaining on the Golan Heights.[9] This renewed commitment came in a formal letter of assurances to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 19, 1996.[10]

In December 2013, it was announced that Gold would once again advise Netanyahu, with his purview covering Israel's relations with the U.S. and United Nations, as well as Iran policy.[11]

On May 25, 2015, Netanyahu announced Gold's appointment as Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, subject to the cabinet's approval. On October 13, 2016, Gold resigned from the Director-General's position for personal reasons.[12]

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs[edit]

Since 2000 Gold has served as president of the non-profit institute, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. From 2001 to 2003, Gold served as an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, most notably at the Aqaba Summit with President George W. Bush. During this period, Gold regularly appeared on US network television programs on behalf of the Sharon government, including Meet the Press, The Today Show, CNN's Late Edition, as well as on Fox and Friends. In July 2003, Gold testified as an expert before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on Saudi Arabia's alleged role in providing ideological and financial support for international terrorism.

Since 2006, Gold led an international effort by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs to advocate that UN member states take legal measures against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran on grounds that he violated the anti-incitement clauses of the 1948 Genocide Convention, with his repeated statements about "wiping Israel off the map." Gold led a delegation to a conference held jointly with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at the New York County Bar Association on December 14, 2006. Speakers included former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School, and the US ambassador to the UN John Bolton. Senator Hillary Clinton sent a letter of support to the conference.

Gold led an Israeli delegation to a second conference at the British House of Commons on January 25, 2007 which was chaired by Lord David Trimble and supported by members of the British Labour Party and the Conservative Party. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined the Israeli team. As a result of this effort, over 60 members of the House of Commons called for the indictment of Ahmadinejad. A third event organized by Gold and the International Association of Genocide Scholars was held on September 23, 2008 in Washington D.C. Speaking at the third conference was Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former US ambassador to the UN, as well as Salih Mahmoud Osman, a member of the Sudanese Parliament and advocate for human rights in Darfur.[13]



  • The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West (Regnery, 2009). ISBN 1-59698-571-2
  • The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (ISBN 0786147849 / Publisher: Regnery, Blackstone Audiobooks / Date: Jan 2007)
  • Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (Crown Forum, November, 2004). ISBN 1-4000-5475-3
  • Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Regnery, 2003). ISBN 0-89526-135-9
  • 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.

Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dore Gold Articles". Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs.
  2. ^ "".
  3. ^ "Dore Gold". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  4. ^ David E. Long (September 12, 2003). "What Is Wahhabism?". Haaretz.
  5. ^ "Dore Gold: Conservative Articles". Human Events. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  6. ^ UN Docs Chronological Review of Events June 1996 Archived September 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Barry Rubin; Judith Colp Rubin (2005). Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography. Oxford University Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-19-518127-2. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  8. ^ Dennis Ross (2005). The missing peace: the inside story of the fight for Middle East peace. Macmillan. p. 263. ISBN 978-0-374-52980-2. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  9. ^ Charles Enderlin (2003). Shattered dreams: the failure of the peace process in the Middle East, 1995-2002. Other Press, LLC. pp. 47–49. ISBN 978-1-59051-060-5. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  10. ^ Maariv, December 31, 1999
  11. ^ "Dore Gold to join Netanyahu's team as an adviser". The Times of Israel. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Dore Gold Resigns as Director-General of the MFA". 13 October 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  13. ^ "International Association of Genocide Scholars (PDF)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 9, 2010.

External links[edit]