Meet the Diplomats

David Siegel
Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

 
DAVID SIEGEL assumed the post of Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles in August 2011, where he serves as the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States.
 
Most recently, Mr. Siegel served as Chief of Staff to Israel's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In this role, he was involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the senior levels of Israel's foreign policy establishment.
 
Previously, Mr. Siegel served two terms at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C., in successive roles as Chief of Staff to three of Israel's Ambassadors to the United States, Counselor for Congressional Affairs, and Spokesperson. In these capacities, which spanned nearly a decade and two U.S. Administrations, Mr. Siegel was deeply involved in policy coordination with the State Department, the National Security Council and the White House. He was Israel's voice to the Washington press corps and liaison to the U.S. Congress, where he was responsible for security cooperation, missile defense and homeland security. During these years, Mr. Siegel participated in the 1998 Wye River Peace Summit, the 1999 Israel-Syria negotiations, the Camp David Middle East Peace Summit in the Fall of 2000, and the 2007 Annapolis Conference.
 
Consul General Siegel has also served in senior posts at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, including Director of the International Organizations Department and Political Counselor in the North American Division. He began his diplomatic career as Deputy Chief of Mission at Israel's Embassy in Eritrea, in the Horn of Africa, and subsequently became Charge' d'Affaires.
 
Mr. Siegel graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science and earned a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. He served as a Commander in the Israel Defense Forces.
 
Consul General Siegel is married to Myra Clark-Siegel, and they have three young children.
 

Uri Resnick
Deputy Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles


Dr. Uri Resnick assumed the position of Deputy Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles in August 2012. He recently completed two years of service as a policy advisor to Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Resnick's areas of responsibility included speech-writing and policy formulation regarding the United States and the United Nations.

Dr. Resnick made aliyah from Ottawa, Canada in 1988. He joined Israel's Foreign Service in 2002, having served as Deputy Head of Mission at Israel's embassies in Dakar, Senegal (2003-2005) and Sofia, Bulgaria (2005-2008). He has also served as Deputy Director of the Department for UN Political Affairs (2008-2010) at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has participated in several Foreign Ministry Delegations to the United Nations General Assembly. He served in the IDF (1990-1993) in an infantry reconnaissance unit.

Dr. Resnick holds a PhD in international relations (2005) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has authored articles on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and various topics in conflict studies. His most recent paper (August 2012) concerns post-independence conflict patterns. In recent years, Resnick has taught courses on game theory and territorial conflict at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and at the Sapir Academic Campus in Sderot. Dr. Resnick's first book Dynamics of Asymmetric Territorial Conflict: the Evolution of Patience is forthcoming in 2013 by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Dr. Resnick speaks Hebrew, English and French. He is married to Tali and is the father of Yehonatan and Itamar. 
 

Dana Erlich
Consul for Culture, Media and Public Diplomacy

Ms. Dana Erlich assumed the position of Consul for Public Diplomacy in Los Angeles in August 2012. Most recently, she served in her first diplomatic capacity as Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul at the Israeli Embassy in Costa Rica.

Ms. Erlich served in the Intelligence Force in the IDF and represented Israel at the Millennium Village in Epcot Center, Disney World, following her release from service. She worked as a project manager at the Consulate General of Israel in New York from 2007 to 2010.

A native Israeli with Argentinean origins, Ms. Erlich holds a B.F.A degree from Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. In her role as Consul for Public Diplomacy, she is responsible for culture, media and public affairs.
 

Danny Gadot
Consul of Consular Affairs

Mr. Danny Gadot assumed the position of Consul of Consular Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles since October 2011.

He is in charge of the consular aspects involving the Israeli and Jewish communities in the Southwestern United States. 

Mr. Gadot began his career at the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1979. During these years, he held different positions; among them, served as Consul for Administrative and Consular Affairs in New Zealand for 5 years, served as Consul for Administrative and Consular Affairs in Stockholm for 4 years, served as Deputy Director of Human Resources, Deputy Director of the Department for Overseas personnel Management and Director Personnel Welfare Department. 

Mr. Danny Gadot served in the Israeli Defence Forces at the “Golani” Brigade Division. Consul Danny Gadot has a Masters (MA) E.M.B.A, Administration Degree, Bar Ilan University and a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Social Science, Ariel University Center of Samaria Bar Ilan University. 

Mr. Gadot was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Consul Danny Gadot is married to Kochava and they have four children and one grandchild.
 
 

Dr. Ofer Mazar
Consul for Administration Affairs

Ofer Mazar was born and raised mainly in Jerusalem, Israel but spent some of his childhood in Los Angeles, attending schools in the city of Beverly Hills. He joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign affairs in 1990, graduated the Ministry's Cadet Course at the top of his class, and went on to serve in diverse positions, home and abroad. Among others, Dr. Mazar served as Israel's Consul in Bangkok, Thailand, in Oslo, Norway and in Rome, Italy. He also served a full term (2000-2002) as the elected chairman of the Israeli Diplomat's Workers' Union and was voted the best worker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 2008. He went on to win that year also the best worker award in the midrange management category for the entire Israeli Public Sector.

Dr. Mazar holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and a Master's Degree in Political Science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published three books - one academic ( In the Shadow of the Sphinx, Ministry of Defense Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 2002) and two Romances (Fate's Open Arms, Eloquent Books, New York, 2010, and Fate's Perfect Justice, Strategic Books Group, New York, 2011).    

 

Sigal Admony-Ravid

Consul for Economic Affairs



Eliezer Hod

Consul for Tourism