About the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel

Mission Statement

The Ambassadors’ Club of Israel (ACI) is an independent, non-profit organization, which aims to provide Heads of Foreign Diplomatic missions in Israel with a forum where they can meet in an informal atmosphere with Honorary Consuls, representing more than 100 countries, as well as with leading Israeli figures from various sectors of society: such as business, technology, academia, the arts, etc.

Members of the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel include:

  • Foreign Ambassadors and Heads of Missions in Israel
  • Honorary Consuls representing Foreign Countries in Israel
  • Presidents of Bi-national Chambers of Commerce
  • Chairmen of National Economic organizations
  • Honorary members

ACI is the brainchild of Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan, who prior to his retirement from Israel’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, after a 41-year career as a diplomat, served for seven years as the Ministry’s Chief of Protocol. The initial concept of the ACI was the product of a “meeting of the minds” of several Ambassadors and Honorary Consuls who identified the need for the diplomatic community to be better acquainted with Israel’s complexities, and who sought a less official framework in which to network with Israelis.

Obviously, as the Club develops, the input of all its members will be welcome, and consideration will be given to their respective needs and requests.

ACI will not only bring diplomats and Israelis together in an environment conducive to their diverse interests, but will also provide a platform for members to present themselves and their countries from whatever standpoint they choose. This will also help Israelis to gain a better understanding of the many countries represented in Israel.

The Club is a natural continuation of the successful academic course initiated at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya by Ambassador Eldan together with Ambassador Henri Etoundi Essomba, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.

ACI activities will include: Breakfast and luncheon meetings around defined topics; Tours throughout the country to see a variety of projects at close quarters; Receptions with guests speakers from Israel and abroad, particularly visiting dignitaries who will be introduced by their ambassadors; Gala dinners with partners; Invitations to public events, international conventions and exhibitions that are held in Israel; A constantly updated website that will publish valuable information about its members and their countries as well as about Israel. ACI welcomes new and creative ideas from all of its members, and urges them not to hesitate about suggesting and contributing to the program.

Yitzhak Eldan

Ambassadors' Club Activities

Activities in 2011

  • The participation at the Jerusalem International Tourism Convention
  • The invitation to Aida Opera in Masada
  • The diplomatic Oulpan (Hebrew learning)
  • "Meet the Ambassador" dinner with the Japanese Ambassador
  • The International Conference on Regional Cooperation
  • The table tennis (ping pong) tournament
  • Celebration of International Day of Peace with Tel Aviv Camerata Orchestra
  • Invitation to the Olive Festival in Acco

Activities in 2012

Activities in 2013

  • "Meet the Ambassador" dinner with the Honorary Consul of Equatorial Guinea
  • Invitation to the International Book Fair
  • Invitation to the President Conference
  • Visit to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and meetings with professors and students
  • Invitation to the Carmen Opera in Masada
  • Participation at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference
  • Invitation to a private screening of the movie "Diplomacy"

Activities in 2014