Major General (Res.) Doron Almog

Academic Background:

  • B.A., Tel Aviv University
  • M.A. in international relations, Haifa University
  • Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University and the Washington Institute
  • Tshetshik Prize awardee for Strategic Studies on Israel’s Security from Tel Aviv University and Jaffa Center, for his research on accumulating deterrence
  • Publication of books and academic studies in the areas of security and strategy

Army Service Background:

Major General Almog has a wide-ranging background of service in the IDF, including service and leadership in many of Israel’s battles, from serving as a soldier in the paratroopers’ brigade, until his position as Commander-in-Chief of the Israeli Southern Command (2000-2003).

Some landmarks in his career include:

  • Leading an operational task force in Tripoli in 1973 against the terrorists who murdered the Israeli sports team during the Munich Olympics.
  • Company commander during the Yom Kippur War.
  • Command of the first task force to land in Entebbe airport during the 1976 rescue operation.
  • Command of the spearhead of the elite paratroopers brigade during the first Lebanon War.
  • Command of a number of clandestine missions to bring about 6000 Jews from Ethiopia to Israel.
  • Command of mission to rescue ejected pilot Lt. Colonel Miki Lev from Beirut

Social Activity:

Since his retirement from the IDF, Mr. Almog has been integrating volunteer activities in the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitative village he established for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, alongside wide-ranging national missions and social involvement:

  • Chairman, The Hoopoe Foundation, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
  • Chairman, Closing the Gaps Organization, offering support to young people upon their completion of army service, to help them integrate within society
  • Chief of staff to implement the cabinet plan for the settlement and economic development of the Bedouin sector in the Negev – December 2011 – June 2014.
  • Chairman of the Committee Awards of Israel Security – 2011
  • Chairman of the committee investigating the Hizbullah kidnapping of two IDF reservist soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, as well as the circumstances leading to the outbreak of the war in 2006
  • Director in Heseg Foundation – the scholarship fund recognizing excellence among former lone soldiers
  • Member of the Board of the S.H.A.L.E.M. Movement (national service for adults) – cooperation between the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Affairs and community centers, to encourage volunteerism in various social activities, especially in non-formal educational projects
  • Member of the Public Council – Ir David Organization
  • Member of the Public Council – “Mehayom” Organization – for the advancement of a healthy lifestyle and prevention of diabetes

Special Honors and Awards:

Doron Almog’s contribution to the security and social betterment of Israel has been acknowledged with numerous awards:

  • 2016: The Israel Prize for lifetime achievement & special contribution to society and the State
  • 2016: The Yigal Alon Award for Exemplary Pioneering Social Activities presented to ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran.
  • 2015: Ometz Award for his activities on behalf of Israel and its people.
  • 2014: Honorary Fellowship Award from the Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College.
  • 2014: Presidential Award for Volunteerism.
  • 2013: Chosen as one of the 100 Inspirational People in Israel (Maariv end-of-year magazine).
  • 2012: Man of Excellence Award by the Lions Israel Organization.
  • 2010: The Paul Harris Award for his activities on behalf of society and community.
  • 2008: Jerusalem Parents Conference Award, for his leadership and vision of the development of innovative services for children with special needs.
  • 2008: Graduate of Excellence of the IDF Military Boarding School, for outstanding leadership in the IDF and social activities in Israel.
  • 2007: “Man of the Year” in social areas, chosen by Israel Channel 2 TV.
  • 2007: Quality Government Knight Award for his activity and contribution to the security of Israel.
  • 2006: the lighting of a torch on Mt. Herzl at the Independence Day Ceremony, for his activities on behalf of the severely disabled adult population in Israel.
  • 2003: Management Award from the Israel Organization for Quality Management.

Doron Almog fulfilled most of his army service in active duty, both as a soldier and in leadership capacities in elite IDF units, despite being officially exempt as the son of a bereaved family. His brother, Lieutenant Eran Avrutsky, was killed during the Yom Kippur War while defending the Golan Heights as a tank commander.  The ALEH Negev village established by Doron is named after his son Eran, who was one of its first residents.  Despite the bereavement and losses within his family, Doron Almog stands out for his leadership capabilities and outstanding personal example, and for creating a future of hope for thousands of people in Israel, including the special needs population.