Gold most recently served as an adviser to Netanyahu during his last term in office. His appointment was set to be presented for government approval on Tuesday.
He was Israeli ambassador to the United Nations in 1997-1999 and an adviser to Netanyahu in 1996-1997, when he represented the prime minister in missions to Egypt, Jordan and Gulf states.
Following many years of work in public service, Gold went on to become president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs public policy think tank, which he has headed since 2000. In his capacity at the center, Gold presented Israel’s perspective at international forums and held dialogues with the representatives of several Arab states.
His best-selling book, “The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City,” was translated and published by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.