|Date of birth||28 April 1930|
|Place of birth||
|Faction represented in Knesset|
|1990–1993||Ambassador to the United States|
|1998–2000||Ambassador to the United States|
Zalman Shoval (
Shoval was born in the
Between 1955 and 1957 he worked in the Ministry Foreign Affairs, after which he became involved in finance, twice serving as chairman of the Bankers Association Council.
Shortly before the
In January 1981 Shoval and two other Likud MKs (
In 1984 Hurvitz and Shoval formed
Ometz. Whilst he missed out on election to the Knesset in
He resigned from the Knesset in October 1990 in order to become Israeli Ambassador to the United States, a post he held until 1993, and again between 1998 and 2000. During his first tenure as Israel's Ambassador he had been closely involved in matters relating to the Gulf War and its aftermath and later participated in the Madrid peace conference (1991) and after that he was a member of the Israeli team negotiating with the Jordanians and Palestinians. In 1998 he was a member of the Israeli delegation headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.S. sponsored Wye River Conference and he was closely involved in the diplomatic negotiations with the U.S. administration before and after the above conference. He continued in this task after the change of the Israeli government in May 1999. In March 1999 he was given the award of "Diplomat of the Year" by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
Mr. Shoval, together with a number of friends, in 1977 founded the "Moshe Dayan Public Forum for Political and Social Questions", a non-partisan public affairs society, and in 1983 he was among the founders of the "Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies" at Tel Aviv University, and is currently a member of its Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of "The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, and is the Past-Chairman of the Center's Institute of Policy and Strategy which organizes the annual "Herzliya Conference". He was a member of the Board of Directors of the HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION. Mr. Shoval was, till his appointment as Ambassador, Chairman of the New Israel Opera. In the later 1990s, he partnered up with Israeli businessperson Shlomo Grofman. Together, they established Faire Fund for real estates project such as
Today Shoval is a member of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Universities, of the Dayan Center and of the International Board of Governors of the
He holds the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel (res.) in the I.D.F. Mr. Shoval is married to Kena (née Mayer) and they have three children, Michal, Yael and Gideon, and three grandchildren.