Ambassador Yossi Gal, a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is the university’s Vice President for Advancement and External Relations.
A career diplomat, Ambassador Gal most recently served Israel as the nation’s Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015) and previously was posted to Washington, D.C. twice, as Director of the Ambassador’s office (1976-1981) and as spokesman of the embassy (1985-1989). He served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1995-2001. He has lectured throughout the world and published articles in the French and U.S. media.
Ambassador Gal launched his Foreign Service career in 1975. He fulfilled varied responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Director of the Information Department and Deputy Director-General for Communications, participating in peace negotiations with Israel’s neighbors and chairing the Israeli delegation to the multilateral peace talks on the environment.
He then headed the Press and Communications Department at the Prime-Minister’s office, served as Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs, and was ultimately promoted to Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Extensively involved in international relations, Ambassador Gal participated in the Madrid Peace Conference, was a member of the peace negotiating team with Jordan and the Palestinians, headed the process of Israel’s adherence to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and led the negotiations on upgrading relations with the European Union.