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Raanan Gissin

Former Senior Advisor to Ariel Sharon

Travels from Netanya, Israel

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


Anti-Terrorism and Security, Inside Israel and US Government, Media and Current Events, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs


Dr. Raanan Gissin was the Senior Advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In recent years he has become one of Israel’s leading spokesman for the foreign press and the international community on security, strategic issues, terror, the Iranian and Radical Islamic threats, the political-economy of globalization, and the peace process.

His distinguished career with the Israeli Defense Forces began in 1979 with his position as a Strategic Analyst in the Planning Branch. At that time he was involved in the planning and implementation of the Sinai withdrawal and the Peace Process with Egypt. During most of the 1980’s, which included the war in Lebanon and the “Intifada” he serves as IDF Spokesman. In the first Gulf War of 1991, Colonel Gissin was responsible for over 1,000 journalists covering the war from Israel. Also in 1991, he serves as a special advisor to the Israeli Delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference and the subsequent negotiations with Arab and Palestinian delegations in Washington D.C. In 1996, he was appointed spokesman of the newly created Ministry of National Infrastructures, headed by Ariel Sharon. From that year through Ariel Sharon’s rise as a Prime Minister to his sudden leave in 2006, Dr. Gissin became Ariel Sharon’s closest advisor on public diplomacy, media and his official spokesman to the Foreign Press.

Today, Dr. Gissin is leveraging his 25 years of on-camera experience to orchestrate workshops, coaching and training diplomats, executives, young leadership on media appearance, on-camera performance, spokesmanship and public speeches.

In addition, he is still involved in the creation and production and directing and consulting of TV programs and Web sites covering Life in Israel, The Middle East Conflict, The Iranian Threat, and global Jihad Terrorism.  Dr. Gissin is one of the leading Israeli commentators and analysts on major Arab Satellite Networks (Al Jazeera, El-Arabia, BBC-Arabic and Abu-Dhabi TV and El Hura.)  He is also a fellow professor at the Bar-Ilan University, School of Communications and Media.  He is also the Middle East Commentator with weekly analysis on IBA TV News on Israel’s English Speaking Channel (Channel 33 Broadcasting via Sattelite and Cable.


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