Orit Galili-Zucker

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Dr. Orit Galili-Tzucker (born in Jerusalem[1] on 29 March 1956) is a former journalist and an Israeli political consultant.[2] She was the head of the political communications team for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.[3]

Galili-Zucker holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Sociology from Tel Aviv University. She received her doctorate from Bar-Ilan University for her dissertation: "The New Politician in the Western and Israeli Arenas: Clinton, Blair and Schröder vs. Netanyahu, Barak and Ramon." Galili-Zucker has served as a political consultant for Ehud Barak.[2]


Galili began her professional career as a parliamentary assistant for MP Ora Namir and as a lecture coordinator on the Executive Committee of the Histadrut. In the early eighties, she joined the Schocken Group publishing network - first, as an desk editor for Ha'ir newspaper and later, in 1983, as a news desk editor at Haaretz, where she served as a writer and senior editor until 1999. During this period, she also worked for a short time at Channel 1 of the Israel Broadcasting Authority as a reporter on the Yoman television program. In 1999, she left her position at Haaretz for Academia.

Since 1999 Galili-Zucker has been lecturing at most of the major universities in Israel, including Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, Jerusalem University and the Open University. She has also served as Chair of the Political Science Committee in the Ministry of Education and for two years (2004-2006) held the position of Academic Director for the Executive MA program in Political Leadership from the School of Government and the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. In addition, she has led a colloquium on National Leadership at the IDF's National Security College.

In the 2009 elections, Galili-Zucker served as strategic advisor for the Labor Party and its head, Ehud Barak. Between March 2011 and May 2013, she headed Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu's political communications team.

Following her work with Netanyahu she opened a strategic political communications consulting firm which is currently advising to Israeli politicians and providing researches.

Galili's main areas of interest include new theories on political leadership, the 21st century and the multi-disciplinary nature of leadership, political communications and its impact on the electoral process, and the link between changes in social values and new leadership models (e.g. the Trump phenomena).

She occasionally writes articles for leading Israeli newspapers and regularly appears on Israeli televised political debates


  • Contemporary Communication Politics: Online Citizenship in the Era of New Media. Ramot Publishing House, Ramat Aviv: Tel Aviv University, 2008[1]
  • The Tele-Politicians: New Political Leadership in the West and in Israel. Ramot Publishing House, Ramat Aviv: Tel Aviv University, 2004[4]


  1. ^ a b Lori, Aviva (August 21, 2008). "Media affairs". Haaretz. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Aronoff, Y. (2014). The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard-Liners Opt for Peace. Cambridge University Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-107-03838-7.
  3. ^ Miskin, Maayana (March 4, 2011). "Israeli Leftist Journalist to Head Netanyahu's Advisers". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "Show and tele". haaretz.com. Retrieved 2016-10-11.

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