Ambassador Barukh Binah has recently assumed his duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. From 2008 to January 2012 he had served as the Deputy Director General for North America at the Ministry of Foreign in Jerusalem. He had previously served as Israel's Consul General to the Midwest, based in Chicago (2005-2008).
A member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 1979, he has held various positions in diplomacy, research, policy planning, and media relations. In 1985, he was appointed Israel’s Spokesman and Press Officer in New York. In 1992, he was assigned to Washington, D.C. as Counselor for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Israel. He later became the Embassy’s Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs.
Ambassador Binah's assignments in Jerusalem included Director of the Press Division and Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry; Director of Consulates and of Congressional Affairs; Head of the International Affairs Bureau in the Center for Political Research and Controller of Research Quality ("Devil's Advocate"). He also served as an analyst and a research officer in the IDF.
Barukh Binah holds degrees, with honors, in History, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and Strategic Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Haifa University and Israel's National Defense College. He had served as the Secretary of the Israel Oriental Society and contributed to literary periodicals.