Yehuda Yaakov brings
to the position of Consul General of Israel to New England more than two
decades of experience in public diplomacy and strategic affairs. He has been a
member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 1989, previously serving outside of Israel
in New York and New Zealand.
For more than a
decade, Yaakov has played an important role in formulating and implementing
Israel's diplomatic approach to managing strategic challenges. Since 2008 he
has focused on the public-diplomacy aspects of the Iranian crisis, work for
which he received the Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General's award for
excellence in 2012.
Beforehand he led the department for the
prevention of non-conventional weapons (2004-2007), a position he assumed after
establishing and running the homeland security and counter-terrorism desk
From 1997-2001, Yaakov served as Consul for
Media and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, where
he oversaw the operation of Israel's extensive public affairs and media
relations apparatus. He left for the Consulate General of Israel to New York
after being the Ministry of Foreign Affairs arms control adviser (1995-1997),
serving prior to that as deputy ambassador in the Israeli Embassy to New
Zealand, in Wellington (1992-1995).
His diplomatic career has also included
academic pursuits. In the spring of 2013 he published a translated
version of his Haifa University master’s thesis analyzing the nuclear negotiations strategy of Iran's currant president Hassan Rouhani.
Yaakov grew up in Queens, New York, and
received a BA in journalism and international relations from Syracuse
University in 1982. The following year he immigrated to Israel where he served
in the Israel Defense Forces. He and his wife Ofra of 27 years have two
Despite his New York background, Yaakov is totally committed
to Red Sox nation.
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