Shmuel Ben-Shmuel

Shmuel Ben-Shmuel is currently serving as Deputy Consul General of the Israeli Consulate in New York.

He was born in Tel Aviv in 1951 and upon graduating high school in 1969, he was drafted into the IDF and served as a paratrooper, participating in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the Lebanese War. During the '70's, he studied Law and Political Science at Tel Aviv University, graduating with a degree in Political Science.

Mr. Ben-Shmuel joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981 and served in several capacities, including work in the Information Department, assistant to the Director of the International Organization Division, and postings in the Asian Department and the office of the Director General of the Foreign Ministry. In 1984, he was appointed Consul in Houston, Texas and in 1989 returned to Jerusalem to become Head of the Information Division for North America at the Foreign Ministry. In 1992, he was appointed Counselor of Political Affairs at the Embassy of Israel Pretoria, South Africa and also served as liaison to the Black community, having regular contact with Nelson Mandella and other officials of the ANC.