United States ambassadors to Israel

Posted May 31, 2011
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  1. James B. Cunningham

    James B. Cunningham


    James Blair Cunningham (born 1952) is an American diplomat and the formerUnited States Ambassador to Afghanistan. Cunningham has served in various diplomat positions since graduating from Syracuse University in 1974. Positions that he has previously held include Chief of Staff to NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner (1989-1990), Deputy Advisor for Political Affairs at the United States Mission to the United Nations (1990-1992), Director of the State Department's Office of European Security and Political Affairs (1993-1995), Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States in Rome (1996-2001), Acting United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2001), Consul General of the United States to Hong Kong and Macau (2005-2008) and the United States Ambassador to Israel (2008-2011).

  2. Kenneth Keating

    Kenneth Keating


    Kenneth Barnard Keating (May 18, 1900 – May 5, 1975), was a United States Representative and a U.S. Senator from New York and later an appellate judge and a diplomat representing the United States as ambassador to India and later to Israel.

  3. Daniel C. Kurtzer

    Daniel C. Kurtzer


    Daniel Charles Kurtzer (born June 1949) is an American former diplomat. He served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt during the term of President Bill Clinton, and was the U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005 during the term of President George W Bush.

  4. Thomas C. Wasson

    Thomas C. Wasson


    Thomas Campbell Wasson (1896 – 23 May 1948) was an American diplomat who was killed while serving as the Consul General for the United States in Jerusalem. Wasson was also a member of United Nations Truce Commission.

  5. William Caldwell Harrop

    William Caldwell Harrop


    William Caldwell Harrop (born February 19, 1929) is an American diplomat. Harrop served for 39 years as a Foreign Service Officer, with postings as United States ambassador to Guinea, Kenya and the Seychelles, the Congo (Kinshasa), and Israel.

  6. Samuel W. Lewis

    Samuel W. Lewis


    Samuel Winfield Lewis (October 1, 1930 – March 10, 2014) was an American diplomat. During his lengthy career with the United States Department of State he served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1975–1977), U.S. ambassador to Israel (1977–1985) and Director of Policy Planning (1993–1994). As ambassador to Israel, Lewis played a major part in bringing about the 1978 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt. Lewis also headed the United States Institute of Peace from 1987 through 1993.

  7. Walworth Barbour

    Walworth Barbour


    Walworth ″Wally″ Barbour (June 4, 1908 – July 21, 1982), was the United States Ambassador to Israel from 1961 to 1973.

  8. Malcolm Toon

    Malcolm Toon


    Malcolm Toon (July 4, 1916 – February 12, 2009) was an American diplomat. He graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in 1938, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Toon was the ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1969 to 1971, Yugoslavia from 1971 to 1975, Israel from 1975 to 1976, and the Soviet Union from 1977 to 1979. He participated in SALT II talks from 1977 to 1979 and the American-Soviet Summit in Vienna in 1979. In the 1990s, Toon co-chaired the U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs with Russian general Dmitri Volkogonov. An article about Toon's briefing of the US press corps in Moscow 1977-79 was published in the US State Department's Foreign Service Journal in June 2011 and may be read at http://www.afsa.org/FSJ/0611/files/assets/downloads/publication.pdf .

  9. Edward Djerejian

    Edward Djerejian


    Edward Peter Djerejian (born March 6, 1939) is a former United States diplomat who served in eight administrations from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton (1962–94.) He served as the United States Ambassador to Syria (1988–91) and Israel (1993–94), Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. He is the founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and on the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Djerejian was elected independent chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s board of directors in May 2013. He is managing partner of Djerejian Global Consultancies, LLP. Djerejian is the author of the book Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, Threshold Editions, September 2008. ISBN 1-416-55493-9)

  10. Martin Indyk

    Martin Indyk


    Martin Sean Indyk (born July 1, 1951) is the Vice President and Director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He took leave from the Brookings Institution to serve as the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations from 2013 to 2014. Indyk served as United States ambassador to Israel and Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs during the Clinton Administration. He is known as the framer of the U.S. policy of dual containment which sought to 'contain' Iraq and Iran, which were both viewed as the United States' two most important strategic adversaries at the time. He is the author of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peacemaking Diplomacy in the Middle East.

  11. Edward S. Walker, Jr.

    Edward S. Walker, Jr.


    Edward S. Walker was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. He is a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Egypt, and the UAE and is a Middle East specialist.

  12. Edward B. Lawson

    Edward B. Lawson

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    Edward B. Lawson (September 26, 1895 – November 19, 1962) was a US Ambassador to Israel (1954–1959) and Iceland (1949–54). He was a World War I veteran.

  13. William Andreas Brown

    William Andreas Brown

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    William Andreas Brown (born September 7, 1930) is an American diplomat

  14. James Grover McDonald

    James Grover McDonald


    James Grover McDonald (November 29, 1886 -– September 25, 1964) was a United States diplomat. He served as the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

  15. Richard Jones (U.S. diplomat)

    Richard Jones (U.S. diplomat)

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    Richard Henry Jones (born August 26, 1950) is an American diplomat and the current Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency.

  16. Ogden R. Reid

    Ogden R. Reid

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    Ogden Rogers Reid (born June 24, 1925) is a former United States Representative from New York.

  17. Monnett Bain Davis

    Monnett Bain Davis

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    Monnett Bain Davis (August 13, 1893 – December 26, 1953) was an American Ambassador. Born in Greencastle, Indiana, he was named for his maternal grandmother, Mary Monnett Bain, a benfactress of the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. He was educated at the University of Colorado, A.B.

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