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Borders and Security in Israeli Diplomacy
Date: January 28, 2013 from 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm EST
Location: Columbia University
Morningside Campus
International Affairs Building, Room 1512
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Keenan Mahoney by sending email to .

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

and the Comparative Defense Studies Program, School of International and Public Affairs present:

"Borders and Security in Israeli Diplomacy" 

Ambassador Dore Gold, Former Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

Moderated by Dr. Stephanie Neuman, Director, Comparative Studies Program and Member, SIWPS

Abstract: When Israelis and Palestinians re-engage in negotiations, the issues of borders and security will continue to be prevalent in Israeli diplomatic considerations. How those positions evolved is surprisingly not well known, even in the US, and hence requires explanation. In recent years, Israel's regional experiences have further framed its security approach, including its lessons from the Gaza withdrawal in 2005 and the start of the Arab spring in 2011. The Israeli approach to international forces will be fully discussed, as well.

Bio: Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He was the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999). Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, during his first term in office. He 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. Ambassador Gold received his BA ('75) from Columbia College. He completed his MA ('76), and PhD ('84) at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. In 1978, he also received from Columbia University the Certificate of the Middle East Institute. In recent years, Ambassador Gold debated Justice Richard Goldstone at Brandeis University on November 5, 2009 over the contents the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. He was invited by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague to a roundtable of experts held on October 20, 2010 to discuss the validity of a submission by the Palestinian Authority, which presupposed that it had already acquired the status of a state. In May 2011, Prime Minister Netanyahu asked Ambassador Gold to accompany his entourage to Washington for discussions with the Obama administration and Congress. Ambassador Gold has written numerous books and articles on the Middle East, including U.S. Military Strategy in the Middle East (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publications, 1993), Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Washington: Regnery, 2003), Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (NY: Crown Forum, 2004), The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Regnery, 2007) and The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West (Regnery, 2009). 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.