AMBASSADOR URIEL PALTI
B I O G R A P H Y
Ambassador Uriel Palti was born in Jerusalem to a family of first generation Israeli diplomats. His parents, the late Hannah and the late George were both members of the first generation of diplomats who established the Israeli Foreign Service after the independence of the State of Israel in 1948. So, Palti practically grew up in a diplomatic atmosphere.
After his military service (a major in reserve), and while in the law school of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Palti served as the parliamentary assistant to the late Haim Herzog who later became the sixth president of Israel. Thereafter he joined the Israeli Foreign Service as a legal intern. He did it under the supervision of today's Supreme Court Justice, Elyakim Rubinstein, who was then the legal advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the fall of 1983, Palti represented Israel on the UN General Assembly Legal Committee in New York.
Between 1988 and 1993, he successfully served as Consul for Information at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. In 1993, Mr. Palti was appointed the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in 1994 became the coordinator of the peace talks with Jordan.
Palti was stationed in Los Angeles in 1995 as Deputy Consul General of Israel for the Southwestern United States. Upon his return to Israel, he took on the position of Foreign Ministry Liaison to the Israel Defense Forces.
In September 2004, Palti returned to the United States as Consul General of Israel in Philadelphia.
Before his posting to Nigeria, Uriel Palti was heading the Israeli Foreign Ministry initiative to bring special groups of US Jewish students to Israel, in order to enrich them with the State of Israel experience – historically, culturally and morally.
Ambassador Palti and his wife Ayelet, have two children, Shira and Itai.