Sallai Meridor

  • Israel’s Ambassador to the United States (2006-2009)
  • Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel (1999-2005)
  • Chairman, World Zionist Organization (1999-2005)

How to enhance the critical relations between America and Israel? How to secure American aid  to Israel? How to prevent Iran from becoming a military nuclear power? Will America support Israel in an increasingly hostile international arena? How to secure the Bipartisan support for Israel? As Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Sallai Meridor was at the forefront, addressing these challenges. Deeply engaged with both administrations, and highly networked on Capitol Hill, Meridor played a key role in nurturing the critical relations between Israel and the US.

Having served until 2005 as the Chairperson of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Meridor focused on the next generation of Jews, the key to the future of Israel and the Jewish people. Currently, Meridor is the Chairperson of a new VC fund focusing on Israeli IT and Cyber Security, While at the same time is volunteering in a variety of NGO’s, focused on the future of Israel and the Jewish people.

 
  

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U.S. – Israel Relations: Getting Better or Worse

How strong are the relationships between the United States and Israel? Are they driven by values, strategic interests, or just politics? Will they remain strong? Having served as Israel's most recent Ambassador to the United States, Meridor shares his unique experiences in Washington, as well as his ...

How strong are the relationships between the United States and Israel? Are they driven by values, strategic interests, or just politics? Will they remain strong? Having served as Israel's most recent Ambassador to the United States, Meridor shares his unique experiences in Washington, as well as his insights with regards to the current state of US – Israel relations and what may challenge them in the future. 

The Future of the Jewish People: Up or Down; Together or Apart

What direction will the Jewish people take in the 21st century? Will Israel serve as a magnet and a source of identity to Jewish people worldwide, or will Israelis and Diaspora Jews drift apart? With his unique experience as the leader of the Jewish Agency, Meridor shares his hopes and concerns, as ...

What direction will the Jewish people take in the 21st century?  Will Israel serve as a magnet and a source of identity to Jewish people worldwide, or will Israelis and Diaspora Jews drift apart? With his unique experience as the leader of the Jewish Agency, Meridor shares his hopes and concerns, as well as his vision for the future of the Jewish people, with Israel at its heart.  

The Future of Israel: How to Make a Miracle Last

From the journey to modern Zionism, to becoming a world leader of modern technology, very few nationshave matchedthe achievements of the Jewish people have. But, will Israel maintain the quality of its human asset and its economic growth? Will it keep its Jewish and democratic nature? How will the t ...

From the journey to modern Zionism,  to becoming a world leader of modern technology, very few nations have matched the achievements of the Jewish people have. But, will Israel maintain the quality of its human asset and its economic growth? Will it keep its Jewish and democratic nature? How will the turmoil in the Middle East, a nuclear capable Iran and the continuous campaign of delegitimization impact on the future of Israel? Meridor shares Israel’s story of success and the major challenges Israel faces today and into the future.

A Nuclear Iran - Can the World Live with the Consequences

What are the consequences of a Nuclear Iran? How will life be under the clouds of a Nuclear Iran? What are the chances that nuclear capabilities will end up in the hands of terrorists? And what will the Mullahs in Iran do with the bomb in their last hours in the bunker? Meridor discusses the Iranian ...

What are the consequences of a Nuclear Iran? How will life be under the clouds of a Nuclear Iran? What are the chances that nuclear capabilities will end up in the hands of terrorists? And what will the Mullahs in Iran do with the bomb in their last hours in the bunker? Meridor discusses the Iranian Nuclear program, the threats and the means the world should take in an effort to prevent the nightmare of a nuclear Iran.

Cyber Security – The Nightmare of the 21st Century

No one can escape the threat of a cyber attack. If nuclear weapons can physically destroy a city, a cyber attack can manipulate the world’s financial markets, steal and falsify personal data,or paralyze, if not shut down, entire civilizations. Meridor shares examples of recent attacks, and ana ...

No one can escape the threat of a cyber attack. If nuclear weapons can physically destroy a city, a cyber attack can manipulate the world’s financial markets, steal and falsify personal data, or paralyze, if not shut down, entire civilizations. Meridor shares examples of recent attacks, and analyzes the consequences of Cyber attacks on personal, business and national security.

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Biography

At the heart of U.S. - Israel relations, Sallai Meridor served as Israel’s Ambassador to the US between 2006 and 2009. Building on his knowledge and experience and enjoying the trust of Israel’s leaders, Meridor developed fantastic relations with the U.S. Administration and a wide network of close relations on the Hill. His efforts included securing $30 billion in American security aid to Israel over the coming decade and enhancing cooperation to prevent a nuclear Iran. Meridor was intimately involved in the countries’ joint efforts to advance peace, while at the same time securing America’s support
for Israel’s right to protect its citizens from terror and other security threats. Serving in Washington during the last two years of President G.W. Bush, through the election campaigns and the transition, and in the early months of President Obama in office, Meridor gained a unique insight into the intimate relations between the two countries and their future.

From his first days as Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization,
Meridor has worked, together with world Jewish leaders and the leaders of Israel, towards assuring the
Jewish future, focusing on the young generation of Jews. During his term, the Jewish Agency launched the MASA national project to bring 20,000 young adults per annum for a year-long formative experience in Israel. At the same time, the Agency conducted special immigration operations from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, Argentina, and France. In response to the terror attacks on Israel between 2000-2004, a major global emergency campaign was launched. As an expression of Jewish values, a rescue and relief effort was directed to help Muslim refugees from Kossovo. With the Jewish future in mind, the first ever Jewish People Policy Planning Institute was established.

Prior to his work with the Jewish Agency, Mr. Meridor served as an advisor to the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel. In his governmental service, he was involved in the designing of Israel’s foreign and defense policies, played a role in the peace process leading to the Madrid Peace Conference, participated in the negotiations that followed as the representative of the Ministry of Defense, and led Israel’s Inter-Agency Steering Committee on Arms Control.

Meridor is currently partner at Glilot Capital, a venture capital fund close to completing its raising a $70 million. Glilot Capital was founded by Kobi Samboursky and Arik Kleinstein who have also been joined by Aaron Abramovich and Gordon England.