web analytics
October 22, 2014 / 28 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



In Praise Of Ambassador Zalman Shoval


Beres-Louis-Rene

Zalman Shoval served two terms as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. Although I had made his personal acquaintance only briefly during his first term in Washington (1990-1993), it was immediately apparent that Ambassador Shoval was bringing a markedly favorable presence to Israel’s embassy. Elegant and impressively well-educated (he holds an advanced degree in political science and international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva), the Ambassador – whose undergraduate degree is from the University of California at Berkeley – was able to represent Israel’s interests in this country with notable style and enviable success. Not surprisingly, Mr. Shoval was appointed for a second time in July 1998, serving with real distinction until the 15th of January 2000.

There is a great deal more. During the 1978 Camp David Conference, Zalman Shoval directed Israel’s information activities from Washington. He participated in the 1991 Madrid Conference and, later, in negotiations with the Jordanian-Palestinian delegation. In 1998, he was a member of the Israeli team headed by then Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Wye River Conference.

Ambassador Shoval’s diplomatic and political accomplishments are legion. In 1970 he entered the Knesset, first until 1981, and then again in 1988, when he served as a Member of the Knesset Foreign and Security Affairs Committee. He resigned from the Knesset in 1990 upon his first appointment as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. All the while, from the late 1950s onward, Zalman Shoval remained very active and important in the economic life of Israel, primarily in banking, finance and industry. Currently, Mr. Shoval is a senior advisor to Prime Minister Sharon on foreign policy issues, unsurprisingly with particular reference to relations with the United States.

The list of Ambassador Shoval’s official accomplishments is formidable, but such a list is already well-known. My intent here is rather to offer a brief personal reflection on this very special man. In this connection, I have known Ambassador Shoval as a serious thinker and scholar, one who has repeatedly gone out of his way to help bring my own Israel-related writings to more purposeful attention. Over the years, I have been honored to coauthor a number of law journal, strategy journal and newspaper op ed articles with Ambassador Shoval, including even a few pieces written expressly for The Jewish Press.

Some years ago, and only a few months after the end of the 1991 Gulf War, Ambassador Shoval invited me to Tel-Aviv to address the Dayan Forum, together with IAF Maj. Gen. Avihu Bin-Nun. Bin-Nun had just ended his distinguished service as Israel Air Force Commander, and my spoken remarks were addressed (critically) to Israel’s (US-mandated) non-retaliation in the wake of 39 Iraqi Scud attacks. It was an extraordinary opportunity for a professor from America’s heartland to enter into public dialogue with Israel’s most senior Air Force Commander, and I accepted the opportunity with considerable zeal. Thanks to Zalman Shoval, that opportunity has led to much continuing interaction between one strategic theorist in far-away Indiana and certain parts of Israel’s security establishment.

Ambassador Shoval, together with a number of friends, founded the Moshe Dayan Public Forum for Political and Social Questions in 1977. (In April 1978, Moshe Dayan, then Foreign Minister, recalled Mr. Shoval to the Foreign Ministry, appointing him as Head of Israel’s Foreign Information Activities.) He is presently a member of all the Likud’s Central Bodies, and had served previously as the elected President of “World Likud,” a post from which he resigned upon his second appointment as Ambassador to Washington.

Several years after my invited appearance before the Dayan Forum, Ambassador Shoval invited me to return to Tel-Aviv to address a Likud Security Group. Again, it offered me an ideal opportunity to share some very timely ideas on terrorism and war with senior Israeli defense and intelligence personalities.

Ambassador Shoval is a prodigious reader, an articulate speaker and an outstanding writer. On one occasion within the past five years, I had asked him to consider the need for an Israeli “brain trust” – a small, private group of superior scholars and retired Israeli military officers which could prepare, on its own, a bold strategic plan for national security and counter-terrorism. With his encouragement of the idea, I gained the confidence to embark upon what is now generally known as “Project Daniel” – a singularly ambitious enterprise. As readers of The Jewish Press know full well, the Final Report of Project Daniel was presented to Prime Minister Sharon in January 2003. Although Ambassador Shoval was not in any way  onnected with Project Daniel, our Report – Israel’s Strategic Future – owes much in principle to his commendable attitude of personal encouragement, intellectual discovery, political courage and administrative open mindedness.

For a very long time, Ambassador Zalman Shoval has labored valiantly, prudently and energetically for Israel. We are all in his debt.

LOUIS RENE BERES (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) is Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, and Chair of “Project Daniel.”

About the Author: Louis René Beres, strategic and military affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, is professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), he lectures and publishes widely on international relations and international law and is the author of ten major books in the field. In Israel, Professor Beres was chair of Project Daniel.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “In Praise Of Ambassador Zalman Shoval”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
IDF soldiers are evacuated to a hospital after a terror attack.
Photo credit: Smiley Hafuch / Rotter.net
ISIS-Linked Terror Attack on IDF From Sinai
Latest Indepth Stories

I think Seth Lipsky is amazing, but it just drives home the point that newspapers have a lot of moving parts.

Front-Page-102414

While conceding that not all criticism of Israel stemmed from anti-Semitism, Podhoretz contended that those most likely to subject Israel to relentless and one-sided hectoring could be found with increasing frequency in one particular grouping – that of the political left, with the level of animosity rising exponentially the farther left one moved along the spectrum.

Noah and his Family; mixed media collage by Nathan Hilu. Courtesy Hebrew Union College Museum

Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.

The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.

Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.

Turkey and Iran the 2 regional powers surrounding the ISIS conflict gain from a partial ISIS victory

Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.

Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”

Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?

Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.

The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.

Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!

Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.

A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.

Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent

More Articles from Louis Rene Beres
Louis Rene Beres

President Obama’s core argument on a Middle East peace process is still founded on incorrect assumptions.

Louis Rene Beres

Once upon a time in America, every adult could recite at least some Spenglerian theory of decline.

President Obama’s core argument is still founded on incorrect assumptions.

Specific strategic lessons from the Bar Kokhba rebellion.

Still facing an effectively unhindered nuclear threat from Iran, Israel will soon need to choose between two strategic options.

For states, as for individuals, fear and reality go together naturally.

So much of the struggle between Israel and the Arabs continues to concern space.

An undifferentiated or across-the-board commitment to nuclear ambiguity could prove harmful to Israel’s’s overall security.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/louis-bene-beres/in-praise-of-ambassador-zalman-shoval/2004/10/13/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: