Ambassador Yehuda Avner was born in Manchester, England, in 1928, and first reached Israel shortly before independence, in 1947. He is a founding member of Kibbutz Lavi in Galilee, and entered the Israel Foreign Service in the late 1950s. During a lengthy diplomatic career he served as Consul in New York, Counselor at the Washington Embassy, Ambassador to Great Britain, non-resident Ambassador to Ireland, and Ambassador to Australia. Between overseas postings he served as speech writer and secretary to Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir, and adviser to Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. A frequent guest columnist with the Jerusalem Post, his most recent book is The Prime Ministers – An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership. Previous works include The Young Inheritors — A Portrait of Israel’s Children. In 1995 the Yehuda Avner Chair in Religion and Politics was established at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. He is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a member of the Ambassadorial Appointments Committee.