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Gil Tamary

Israeli Reporter

Travels from Rockville, MD

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.


Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Positively Israel, Media and Current Events


Gil Tamary is the Washington bureau chief for Israel’s Channel 10 News, and he
is known by virtually every Israeli as a top news reporter. He has worked for
Israel Broadcasting Authority, Israel Public Radio, and as anchor and chief editor
of "Good Morning Israel."

Gil covers a wide range of Middle East issues from the U.S. and conducts
exclusive interviews with many dignitaries and political figures, including
presidents, secretaries of State, Senators, the head of the World Bank and
His reporting has spanned from the Camp David talks in 2000 where he
conducted an exclusive interviews with President Clinton and Secretary of State
Albright, the Bush and the Obama eras. During the Bush administration Gil had
exclusives interviews with President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and many more. Covering President
Obama‘s election, Mr. Tamary interviewed President Barak Obama about his
future policy towards Israel and the Middle East.

During his career Gil Tamary interviewed many of Israel’s Prime Ministers;
among them: Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon and
Israel's president, Shimon Peres.

In 2006 Gil made a media history, when he trapped Iran’s President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad into answering a question he posed at a United Nations press
It’s historic, because it became the only time the Iranian leader — who doesn’t
recognize Israel’s right to exist—has ever spoken to an Israeli journalist.

Another memorable moment was the exclusive interview Gil conducted with first Israeli astronaut, IIan Ramon, during the Columbia mission to space. Ramon told Gil, just days before the tragedy of the Columbia, how excited he was to see the tiny country of Israel from space. It was the only TV interview Ramon gave on board the Columbia Shuttle while in space.

On the lighter side, Gil has interviewed many of Hollywood's hottest stars, among
them Jon Travolta, Cameron Diaz, Tina Fay, Barbara Streisand, Brad Pitt and
Angelina Julie. During the 2014 Gaza conflict, Gil interviewed comedian Joan
Rivers who stood firmly by Israel's side. Unfortunately, It was River's last TV

Also known for his reporting on the Israeli economy, Gil used to serve as
International Editor of Forbes - Israel magazine, and Economic editor for Israel
TV and the IDF radio and has a writer for “Globes”, Israel’s #1 business

Gil has MBA degree from Tel Aviv University, and BA degree with distinction in
Economic and Management (also) from Tel Aviv University.

Back in Israel Gil was the anchorman and Chief editor of the popular morning
news show “Good Morning Israel”.

Download a prepared introduction for Gil Tamary gil-tamary.doc

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