Former Mossad Chief and US Ambassador to Israel in Australia for JNF Campaign

July 20, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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The former Director of Mossad, Tamir Pardo will be in Australia this September for JNF Australia’s Annual Campaign joined by the former US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro.

Tamir Pardo

Tamir Pardo finished his term last year and Dan Shapiro completed his term at the inauguration of President Trump in January.

It will be the first visit to Australia for both men, who will bring their unique, insider perspectives on a tumultuous period that saw the proliferation of Middle Eastern conflicts and broader regional threats, including the Iran nuclear issue and tensions between Israel and the US Administration.

Dan Shapiro

Prior to joining Mossad in 1979, Pardo was a member of the IDF’s elite Sayeret Matkal unit and served under Yoni Netanyahu in the Entebbe rescue operation. He served through all levels of Mossad before assuming overall leadership of the organisation, serving as Director from January 2011 until 2016.

JNF National President Peter Smaller commented that “we feel privileged to hear from someone who has had such an impact on Israel’s security and honoured that Tamir Pardo will headline the JNF Campaign this year.”

Pardo’s term as Mossad Director was characterised by a significant expansion in intelligence and operational cooperation with foreign countries, including with countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Under his watch the Mossad received five Israel Security Awards for daring and ground-breaking operations and reinforced its international reputation amongst world leaders.

JNF CEO Dan Springer noted that “Pardo is a renowned expert on global security challenges, including cyber threats and the changing nature of conflict. He will share with JNF audiences his insightful analysis of the present, a bold vision for the future and personal stories from an illustrious and colourful career.”

To book for NSW       To book for VIC

Tamir Pardo and Dan Shapiro will appear exclusively in Australia at JNF’s Annual Campaign Dinners: September 3 – Melbourne; September 6 – Sydney; September 7 – Perth (Pardo only). For more information or to book, please contact your local JNF office on 1300 563 563 or at


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