Director of the Department for Combating Antisemitism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel
Ambassador Gideon Behar is the director of the Department for Combating Antisemitism at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel since 2011. He served as Israel's ambassador to Senegal 2006-2011, as deputy head of the Jordan, Syrian and Lebanon Department 2002-2006, political counselor at Israel's embassy in Berlin 2000-2002, and deputy head of mission of Israel's diplomatic office in Tunisia 1996-2000. He won M.A. degree at Islamic Fundamentalism and B.A. at Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University. He was awarded by President Wade of Senegal the "Grand Officier de l'Ordre National du Lion" for his unique contribution to Senegal, as well as a special award from Senegal's NGOS umbrella organization, CONGAD, for his humanitarian work in Senegal.