Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, will be appointed as an adviser on US-Israel relations to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Gold, who serves as president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a conservative think tank in the capital, is expected to assume the advisory position at the beginning of January, according to a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.

He will advise the prime minister on issues relating to the Iranian nuclear program, and Israel’s diplomatic activity at the United Nations, as well as the country’s relations with the US.

However, according to Haaretz, Gold will not be officially involved in negotiations with the Palestinians, despite his previous involvement in the diplomatic process.

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Gold is a longtime confidant of Netanyahu.

He served as an adviser to the prime minister during Netanyahu’s previous two terms in office.

Officially, Gold will coordinate with Israel’s national security adviser, Yossi Cohen.

But he will reportedly also work directly with the prime minister.