Yaakov Hagoel

Vice Chairman, The World Zionist Organization

Yaakov Hagoel is the Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and the former Head of the Department for Activities in Israel & Countering Antisemitism. In the past he served as Executive CEO of World Betar. On August 27, 2015 he assumed leadership of World Likud following the departure of the former head of the organization Danny Danon, who vacated due to his appointment as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.

Before serving in the Israel Defence Forces, he volunteered for a year in the southern city of Ofakim. During his military service, he served in the Nahal unit. Following his regular service, he joined the army reserves in the Gaza Division. He studied law at the Ono Academic College and earned an LL.B.

Hagoel was elected to the position of the WZO's Department for Activities in Israel & Countering Antisemitism in 2010. In this capacity, he has chaired meetings, lectures and conferences in the field of countering Antisemitism. He founded the Center for Countering Antisemitism at the World Zionist Organization

Hagoel joined the ranks of the Betar youth movement at a young age, eventually becoming the Treasurer and later the Executive CEO of World Betar. He served as Chairman of the Council of World Zionist Youth Movements, Presidium Member of the Zionist Executive Committee, member of the WZO Finance Committee and Executive CEO of the World Leadership of the Betar Movement. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Agency since 2010. Additionally, Hagoel serves as Co-Chair of the Task Force on Countering Antisemitism of the Jewish Agency's Board of Trustees,[2] a member of the Board of Governors of Keren Hayesod—United Israel Appeal, and a member of the Herzl Council and the Jabostinky's Council of the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. He also serves as a member of Executive Committee of the Ariel University. In 2011 Hagoel was elected to serve as a member of the Yad Vashem Council. Hagoel became the Chairman of World Likud in July 2015 and in October was elected Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization during the World Zionist Congress that took place in Jerusalem. Hagoel lives in Netanya and is married to Tehiya with four children. In July 2017, Hagoel led and initiated the Benyamin Ze'ev Herzel Law in the Keneset; this amendment to the Herzl Law pass in both a penultimate and final vote, according to which, the State will participate in funding the WZO's ongoing activities at the Herzl Museum and the Midrasha, along with any costs related to the continued maintenance and training obligations of both the Museum and Midrasha.