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Major General (Res.) Doron Almog

Chairman of the Executive
The Jewish Agency for Israel

Doron Almog, the Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel as of August 2022, has a storied history as a leader in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and as a social activist. In 2016 he received the Israel Prize, the country’s highest honor for lifetime achievement.

Doron excelled in his service in the IDF’s most elite units and was a leader in many of Israel’s battles, ultimately rising to the position of Commander of the IDF’s Southern Command. Along the way he led an operational task force against the terrorists who murdered the Israeli olympics team in 1973; commanded the first task force to land in the 1976 Entebbe rescue mission; commanded a number of clandestine missions to bring Jews from Ethiopia to Israel, as well as commanded a company during the Yom Kippur War, the war during which his brother was tragically killed; and led an elite paratroopers brigade during the first Lebanon War.

Upon his retirement from the IDF, Doron established the Adi Negev-Nahalat Eran residential and outpatient rehabilitation center for children, teens and young adults with severe disabilities (formerly called ALEH) – named after his son Eran z”l. The center was the first such rehabilitation facility in the Negev, and is a pioneer in opportunities for Israeli youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Doron also held roles on councils, committees and boards that serve a wide range of goals and populations, among them the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, the economic development of the Bedouin community in the Negev, a scholarship fund for former lone soldiers, and more. In recognition of his contributions to society, 15 organizations and businesses have bestowed upon him various prizes and awards.

Major General Almog holds an MA in International Relations from Haifa University and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He is a former Senior Research Fellow at Harvard, and has published numerous books and studies in the areas of security and strategy.