U.S.-Israeli Relations Past & Present

Our guest speaker was Reuven Azar, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.  

Prior to assuming his position in Washington, DC in January 2014, he previously served as Head of Middle East Research in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Azar was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Amman.

Since the completion of the MFA cadet training program in 1994, he held mostly Middle East related positions, such as Head of the Iran Sanctions Team and Director of Middle East Economic Research. During his career Mr. Azar covered different aspects of cooperation and negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, as well as research on Palestinian issues. He served four years in Cairo as Head of Economic & Trade Department at the Embassy of Israel. In a previous assignment in Washington, DC, he served as Counselor for Political Affairs.

Reuven Azar was born in Argentina in 1967 and immigrated with his family to Jerusalem, Israel at the age of 13. He served in a Paratroopers battalion of the Israeli Defense Forces from 1985 to 1988 and was a reservist combat Sergeant up to 2008. Mr. Azar has both an MA and BA from the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is married and has three children. Reuven speaks fluent Spanish and Arabic, in addition to English and Hebrew.