GOLD, Dore

Born in 1954 in Connecticut, Dore Gold comes from an American conservative Jewish family. Educated in the United States, he studied Political Sciences at the University of Columbia.

His religious Zionism led him to emigrate and to settle in 1980 in Israel 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 totally opposed the Oslo Agreements (see Oslo peace process) which he considered as a threat to Israel. He habitually airs his ideas in the Likud-linked Jerusalem Post. He is moreover intellectually close to the former executive editor of the Post, David Bar-Ilan (spokesman and adviser to Mr. Netanyahu when he was Prime Minister).

Expert to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Conference, Dore Gold was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s adviser on foreign affairs. His considerable influence – Netanyahu who wanted to remain in control of the negotiations with the Palestinians entrusted him with supervision of them- gave him a quasi-ministerial role of heightened importance given that the former Foreign Minister David Levy had poor relations with the Prime Minister.

His American origins – as with Bar-Ilan – and the fact that his contacts with the Prime Minister and his spokesman were exclusively in English led some analysts to speak of an American connection in the Israeli top leadership.

Dore Gold became Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations in 1997. In August 1999 he was replaced by Yehuda Lankry. Although, he is still close to Netanyahou, Dore Gold is since February 2001 one of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s advisors.