Ambassador Gal is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and assumed the position of Hebrew University Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations in October 2015.
A career diplomat, Ambassador Gal most recently served Israel as the nation’s Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015). He has been posted to Washington, D.C. twice, initially as Director of Israeli Ambassador’s office (1976-1981) and then as spokesman of the Embassy (1985-1989). He also served as Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands from 1995-2001. Ambassador Gal has lectured throughout the world and published articles in the French and American media.
Ambassador Gal launched his Foreign Service career in 1975 and served in various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This includes Director of the Information Department and Deputy Director-General for Communications, participating in peace negotiations with Israel's neighbors and chairing the Israeli delegation to the multilateral peace talks on the environment. He led the Press and Communications Department at the Prime-Minister's Office, served as Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs, and was ultimately promoted to Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Extensively involved in international relations, Ambassador Gal participated in the Madrid Peace Conference. He was a member of the peace negotiating team with Jordan and the Palestinians, headed the team negotiating Israel's membership in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and led the negotiations on upgrading relations with the European Union.