–From the JCRC–
Please join the JCRC and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for a conference call briefing:
Situation in Israel: Implications of the “Nakba” Day Events
with Minister of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel Noam Katz
TODAY – Monday, May 16
Mr. Katz will address the unfolding events in Israel and the clashes along her boders over the weekend.
To access the conference call dial (712) 432-0900 and use access code 319686
To read a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit about the recent events click here.
To read the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office click here.
About the speaker:
Noam Katz was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1964 and currently serves as the Minister for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Katz served in the Israel Defense Force from 1982 – 1986 where he rose to the rank of Major. After completing his army service, Mr. Katz attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he received his B.A. in History, prior to becoming a teacher in the regional high school of Kibbutz Cabri.
In 1994, Mr. Katz joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Immediately after graduating from the Ministry’s Diplomatic Training Program, he was posted at the Eastern Europe department and later to the Central and West Africa departments. Shortly after completing a Business Intelligence Directors Course at the Israeli Export Institute, he was posted at the Embassy of Israel in Lagos in 1995.
Mr. Katz was appointed as Spokesman of the Embassy of Israel in Rome, Italy from 1998-2000 where he also served as a member of Israel’s delegation to OSCE in Malta. During his tour of duty in Italy, Mr. Katz also completed courses at the NATO College.
In 2000, Mr., Katz joined the Press Division and served as the Deputy Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During this period, he served as a member of Israel’s Delegation to the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa and later served as the Spokesman of Israel’s Delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.
From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Katz took post as the Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, Ghana, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Under his leadership, his Embassy won the MFA’s award for an Outstanding Embassy in 2005.
Following his tour of duty in West Africa, Mr. Katz returned to Jerusalem where he was appointed to be the Director of Public Diplomacy for the MFA from 2007-2009.
Mr. Katz is the recipient of several awards and medals: IDF Citation (1986), MFA award of Excellence (1997 and 2001), MFA Commendation for Excellence (2009).
Mr. Katz is married to Einat Katz and is the father of three children.