A Brief History of Israel's Ambassadors to Washington, Their Successes, and Their Troubles

As a new Israeli ambassador to the U.S. prepares to assume his duties, we look back at his predecessors and the evolving political environment they had to navigate.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, in Jerusalem on February 6, 2020. Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, in Jerusalem on February 6, 2020. Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Observation
Dec. 3 2020
About the author

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.

Come next month, in January 2021, the Israeli politician Gilad Erdan will be joining a long and storied list of characters, and heroes, who have had the job as Israel’s top representative in Washington. As Erdan both prepares for and settles into his new positions—he has already begun serving as Israel’s ambassador to the UN—it might behoove him, and the rest of us, to learn about his predecessors, and their experiences representing the Jewish state in the American capital.

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