Matthew Gould

Hall of Infamy: Middle East Monitor

September 21, 2010

"Under normal circumstances, the faith or ethnic background of Britain's ambassadors should be totally irrelevant to their ability to represent HM Government in capitals across the world.

"But Israel is not a normal state."


UK ambassador: collaborate, don't boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2010

The new British ambassador to Israel has called for groups that boycott Israel to “promote co-operation” instead.

Speaking at a reception marking academic links between Britain and Israel, Matthew Gould said: “When people call for an economic boycott, we push commercial collaboration and when people call for a cultural boycott, we push cultural collaboration.”


Gould to Shalits: Gilad is not forgotten

By Jennifer Lipman, September 17, 2010

The new British ambassador to Israel and his wife Celia have visited the parents of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit at their protest tent in Jerusalem.

Matthew Gould said that David Cameron had asked him to go and see Noam and Aviva Shalit as soon as he arrived in Israel.


Matthew Gould on being Britain's man in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010
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"As someone from a Jewish's even more of a fantastic opportunity."

The new British ambassador to Israel, and the first Jewish person to hold the job, outlines his priorities as he steps into his new role.

Read the JC interview with Matthew Gould here


Interview: Matthew Gould, ambassador to Israel

By Jenni Frazer, September 7, 2010

Tucked away in an achingly fashionable area of east London, overlooking the river, there is a boldly painted front door. Though neighbours include TV presenter Graham Norton and actress Helen Mirren, this front door sports a discreet mezuzah, and behind it there is a great deal of packing going on.

Matthew Gould, Britain's new ambassador to Israel, is off to Tel Aviv with his wife Celia just after Rosh Hashanah. And he is the first Jewish diplomat to take up such a post.


UK ambassador to Israel on 'hostile' Britain

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2010

The outgoing UK ambassador to Israel has said that it is undeniable that “there is antisemitism in the UK” but it is not “a simple story of hostile Britain drifting away from Israel.”

Sir Tom Phillips admitted that the “climate can be difficult” for supporters of Israel in Britain and that the Jewish state is no longer viewed as “David” but as “Goliath”.

The ambassador, who is to leave his post in Israel after four years, told the Jerusalem Post that the historically dominant image in the UK was of “plucky little Israel against a sea of non-democratic states.


Our reading list for the new Israel envoy

By James Lewis, July 15, 2010

If Matthew Gould has any spare time when he flies off to Israel to become British ambassador, the JC has helpfully compiled a reading list.

The idea was inspired by the coalition's Middle East Minister Alistair Burt, who has asked Jewish, Israeli and Arab journalists for suggestions of essential books to read before he visited the region.

Mr Gould is the first Jewish ambassador to be appointed as Britain's man in Tel Aviv.

Stand-up comedian Josh Howie, 34, suggested Shalom Auslander's critically acclaimed Foreskin's Lament.


The 'Israeli' ambassador

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2010

Has Matthew Gould, Britain's new Jewish ambassador to Israel, gone native before he even gets there?

Speaking at Borehamwood Synagogue, the personable envoy was asked how he felt in a previous diplomatic posting in Pakistan. "Well," he said, "I didn't walk round announcing that I am Israeli."

Much audience chuckling before he corrected himself.


New UK ambassador to Israel

By Jessica Elgot, December 8, 2009

Matthew Gould has been appointed as the new ambassador to Israel.

He will take over from current ambassador Tom Phillips in late 2010.

Mr Gould, a former speech writer for Robin Cook, is currently the Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

He has also held positions in NATO, Tehran and Washington.