Dore Gold

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Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). He is a former Israeli diplomat and foreign policy advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu.[1] He was a founding member of One Jerusalem, a pro-Likud pressure group dedicated to maintaining an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.[2][3] Gold was the publisher, as of May 2006, of NGO Monitor, a JCPA-based project which accuses the NGO community of "gross distortions of the humanitarian dimension of the Arab-Israeli conflict."[4][5]

Gold has links to a number of international neoconservative organisations. He served on the International Advisory Board of the American Enterprise Institute's New Atlantic Initiative and is an international patron of the Henry Jackson Society.[6][7]

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Early life

Dore Gold was born in 1953 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was educated at Mount Hermon School, Northfield, Massachussets. He completed a BA in Oriental Studies - Islam at Columbia College in 1975. He went on to obtain an MA (1976) and a PhD (1984) from Columbia University.[8]

Gold became an Israeli citizen in 1980 and served in the Israel Defense Forces.[9]

Career

In 1985, Gold served as senior research associate at Tel Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. Later, he was appointed Director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.[10]

In 1991, Gold was an advisor to the Israeli delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference.[11] From June 1996 to June 1997, he served as Foreign Policy Adviser to former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In this capacity he acted as a special envoy to Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and others in the Arab world. He was also involved in negotiations leading up to the Hebron Agreement and the Note for the Record.[12]

UN Ambassador

From 1997 to 1999, Gold was the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.[13] In 1998, Gold served as a member of the Israeli delegation at the Wye River negotiations between Israel, the PLO, and then U.S. President Bill Clinton at the Wye River Plantation in Maryland.[14]

Writing in his weekly column on October 8, 1999, New York Times op-ed writer and former editor, A.M. Rosenthal, noted Israel's efforts to join the European regional group at the UN and commented: "Dore Gold, leaving soon after a tour of duty as one of the best U.N. representatives Israel ever had, points out that membership in regional groups is a requirement for nomination to the Security Council."[15]

Later career

Since 2000, Gold has served as president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. From 2001 to 2003, he served as an advisor to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, notably at the Aqaba Summit with President George W. Bush.

In 2004 a New York speech by Gold was disrupted by peace activists:

"Dore Gold is an architect of the spin that the killing of Palestinian civilians and the destruction of Palestinian society somehow constitute a battle between two equal sides," said Sam Miller-Eisenstein of Jews Against the Occupation. "Palestinians don’t have tanks – they have stones, a few militants, and what remains of their dignity. This is not a war between Palestinians and Israelis; it’s a brutal occupation."[16]

Gold was considered for the post of Israeli ambassador to Washington in 2004. UPI's Martin Sieff initially reported that he was Ariel Sharon's first choice for the role:

But [Foreign Minister] Peres is adamantly opposed to appointing him, believing this would tilt the balance of power decisively against him and leave him as isolated as many Israeli foreign ministers saddled with unsympathetic prime ministers have been before him.[17]

However, After Sharon and Peres agreed to appoint Danny Ayalon, Sieff wrote:

Gold wanted the job very badly and his friends first undermined Ivry by encouraging a press campaign trashing him in both the United States and Israel, and then boomed his name.
But insiders around Prime Minister Sharon said Gold was never the top foreign policy adviser that he made himself out to be and his close ties to Netanyahu made him suspect in Sharon's eyes. "Whenever an important meeting was held to take any key decision, he was never in the room," one of them said.
Once Netanyahu humiliated Sharon by winning a Likud Central Committee vote against him on the issue of a Palestinian state a few weeks ago, Gold's political fate was sealed. His suspected continued close ties to Netanyahu put him totally out of the running in Sharon's eyes, Likud insiders said.[18]

Congressional testimony

In July of 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.[19]

In response, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to the United States, remarked, "It should be known that Dore Gold is not an expert on Saudi society, faith or culture. He is simply hatred's scribe.

"Dore Gold seeks to instill fear and animosity among friends and allies. While others are working to eliminate incitement and promote peace, Dore Gold works to perpetuate hate and conflict. He has opposed virtually every major peace initiative over the past two decades.
"Dore Gold has carried on a campaign of lies, and unsubstantiated accusations. His goal is to malign the Saudi government and drive a wedge between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Ironically, this is the very same objective shared by Osama bin Laden."[20]

Quotes

"...the West's campaign has overlooked a critical component of terrorism -- that is, the precise source of the terror, the ideology that motivates individuals and groups to slaughter thousands of innocent people, and perhaps even to take their own lives."[21]
"Unfortunately Israel has to lose more innocent civilians to prove to the world the necessity and justice of the fence."[22]

Affiliations

Positions held

  • 2002-2004 - Advisor, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Other Affiliations

Publications

Books

  • Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (Crown Forum, November, 2004). ISBN 1400054753
  • Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Regnery, 2003). ISBN 0895261359
  • 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

External links

Notes

  1. Ambassador Dore Gold, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, accessed 19 July 2010.
  2. About Us, One Jerusalem, archived 7 February 2005, at the Internet Archive, accessed 19 July 2010.
  3. One Jerusalem, Right Web, 28 November 2007.
  4. Who are We?, NGO Monitor, archived 19 May 2006 at the Internet Archive, accessed 19 July 2010.
  5. About NGO Monitor, NGO Monitor, accessed 19 July 2010.
  6. About NAI, American Enterprise Institute, archived 17 December 2007 at the Internet Archive, accessed 19 July 2010.
  7. International Patrons, Henry Jackson Society, accessed 19 July 2010.
  8. Biography, dore-gold.com, accessed 19 July 2010.
  9. Biography, dore-gold.com, accessed 19 July 2010.
  10. Former Ambassador: Dore Gold, Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, accessed 19 July 2010.
  11. Former Ambassador: Dore Gold, Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, accessed 19 July 2010.
  12. Biography, dore-gold.com, accessed 19 July 2010.
  13. Former Ambassador: Dore Gold, Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, accessed 19 July 2010.
  14. Biography, dore-gold.com, accessed 19 July 2010.
  15. A. Rosenthal, On My Mind; Riding Two Tracks, New York Times, 8 October 1999.
  16. Press Release, Jews Against the Occupation, Accessed 19 July 2010.
  17. Martin Sieff, Sharon's Strikeout, National Review, 13 May 2002.
  18. Martin Sieff, Sharon, Peres agree on U.S. envoy, United Press International, 13 June 2002.
  19. Biography, dore-gold.com, accessed 19 July 2010.
  20. Prince Bandar, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Press Release, Accessed 04-March-2009
  21. Ari Fridman, Dore Gold Exposes the Saudi Terror Nexus, "The Commentator", 18-March-2004, Accessed 04-March-2009
  22. Jaime Holguin, 16 Dead In Israel Bus Bombs,"CBS News", 31-August-2004, Accessed 4-March-2009
  23. Ambassador Dore Gold, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, accessed 19 July 2010.
  24. International Patrons, Henry Jackson Society, accessed 19 July 2010.
  25. About NAI, American Enterprise Institute, archived 17 December 2007 at the Internet Archive, accessed 19 July 2010.
  26. About Us, One Jerusalem, archived 7 February 2005, at the Internet Archive, accessed 19 July 2010.
  27. Who are We?, NGO Monitor, archived 19 May 2006 at the Internet Archive, accessed 19 July 2010.
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