Oded Eran (1941 – September 7, 2023) was a distinguished figure in both the realms of research and diplomacy. As a senior research fellow at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), he offered critical insights and expertise. Eran’s mark wasn’t just limited to the academic world. His extensive career as an Israeli diplomat is a testament to his significant contribution to Israel’s foreign relations and its global standing.
- Eran took up the role of Chief executive officer at the Israeli office of the World Jewish Congress, thereby contributing immensely to the representation and protection of Jewish interests worldwide.
- His dedication to Israel’s diplomatic endeavors was further highlighted when he served as an advisor to the subcommittee of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
- As an academic, he achieved the pinnacle of education with a PhD from the prestigious London School of Economics.
- From 1987 to 1990, Eran was stationed as an attaché at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., during which he played a crucial role in strengthening Israel-US relations.
- His commitment to peace and dialogue was evident when, between 1997 and 2000, he held the esteemed position of Israel’s ambassador to Jordan. Furthermore, from 1999 to 2000, he served as the head of the negotiation team with the Palestinians.
- Europe also saw Eran’s diplomatic influence when he took the reins as Israel’s ambassador to the European Union in Brussels from 2002 to 2007.
- The culmination of his research and diplomacy experience came to the fore when he led the INSS from July 2008 to November 2011.
Oded Eran passed away on the night of September 6th, 2023. His departure was a loss felt deeply within Israel and among the international community. Honoring his legacy and his lifetime of service, he was laid to rest in Jerusalem on September 7, 2023.
Throughout his life, Eran’s dedication to the state of Israel, his commitment to peace, and his contribution to the academic realm remained unwavering. He leaves behind a legacy of diplomacy, research, and a deep commitment to Israel’s future.