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Presidents & Prime Ministers: An Insider's View of American-Israeli Relations

Simona & Hart Hasten Visiting Fellows Program

Ambassador Yehuda Avner

Monday, December 3, 2012
5 pm
State Room East, IMU

Ambassador Yehuda Avner is an Israeli former diplomat and prime ministerial advisor. Born in Manchester, England in 1928, he arrived in British Mandatory Palestine in 1947. He fought in the 1948 War of Independence, and was among the founders of Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee. During a lengthy diplomatic career, he served in diplomatic positions at the Israeli Consulate in New York and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, and as Israel’s Ambassador to Britain, Ireland and Australia. Ambassador Avner served as speechwriter and secretary to Israeli Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir, and adviser to Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres. Ambassador Avner is the author of The Young Inheritors: A Portrait of Israel’s Children (1984) and THE PRIME MINISTERS: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership (2010). In 1995, the Yehuda Avner Chair in Religion and Politics was established at Bar-Ilan University. Ambassador Avner is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a member of the Ambassadorial Appointments Committee.

You can find out more about Ambassador Avner on his webiste:

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

This lecture is free and open to the public.  If you have a disability and assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.  Please contact the Borns Jewish Studies Program at 812.855.0453 or