He later accepted diplomatic postings in Copenhagen, Washington, DC, New York, Chicago and Ankara.Sarcastically, subsequently, his service to his beloved nation concerned a few years overseas.
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“At any time when I used to be outdoors of Israel, it was solely within the line of obligation for the State of Israel. It was a holy job,” says Bar-Ner.“I used to be supposed to return again and train on the Hebrew College of Jerusalem after incomes my grasp’s diploma at Emory College in Atlanta. However I made a decision it was extra vital to place diplomacy into motion.”Now 84, he and Lynne reside in Modi’in, close to their kids and grandchildren.
It might not be his solely brush with demise.“Members of the PFLP tried to kill me twice in Turkey,” he says, referring to the terrorist group Widespread Entrance for the Liberation of Palestine, infamous for the Black September hijackings in 1970 and the homicide of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972.
“The Mossad saved me and whisked me again to Israel,” he says.Nonetheless, as Israel’s ambassador to Turkey from 1999 to 2002, Bar-Ner helped forge shut protection relations between the 2 nations. “I used to be concerned on many events the place we bought Phantom F4 planes and Merkava tanks to Turkey.” LYNNE BAR-NER says she nonetheless suffers post-traumatic stress from risks her household endured. When her husband was deputy chief of mission on the Embassy of Israel in Copenhagen within the early ‘70s, the Bar-Ners had 24-hour guards, and their two little boys wanted a police escort to preschool.Shortly earlier than they left Denmark for Washington in July 1973 – when their daughter was a new child – Israeli army attaché to the US Joe Alon was shot and killed within the driveway of his house in Chevy Chase, Maryland.“From then on, we weren’t allowed to reside in a personal house,” Lynne Bar-Ner says. “We needed to reside in an residence above the third flooring in case terrorists tried to assault.”The sojourn in Washington was the household’s longest. Bar-Ner served from 1973-78 beneath ambassador Simcha Dinitz as director of knowledge, tradition and Jewish affairs and minister of the Embassy of Israel.“I used to be answerable for speaking with Jewish communities all around the United States,” he says. “We hosted many celebrities and dignitaries in our house, amongst them violinist Itzhak Perlman.”Bar-Ner was particularly shut with New York Congressman Jack Kemp. “He used to name me ‘my Jewish rabbi.’”He additionally struck up a friendship with antiwar activist Tom Hayden. Hayden invited Bar-Ner to the set of the 1980 movie 9 to five through which Hayden’s spouse, Jane Fonda, was starring.A number of months later, Hayden and Fonda took their two children to Israel and organized a go to to the Bar-Ner house in Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood.“Evidently, certainly one of my children had advised all our neighbors that they had been coming,” Lynne says. “So the neighbors had been all sitting on the garden between our townhouses once they arrived. We had a really good go to for a few hours, and our older son ended up taking [Fonda’s daughter] Vanessa to the Israel Museum.”Wanting again on his lengthy record of diplomatic accomplishments, Bar-Ner displays, “My job was to symbolize the nation and alter detrimental attitudes towards Israel. I by no means seemed for straightforward duties. I helped to develop cultural relations between Israel, Jordan and Egypt, and I developed good relations with the Jewish communities in the US. I raised funds to carry many delegations of youth and cultural administrators to Israel.”One among his proudest accomplishments is elevating the cash to ascertain Schneider Youngsters’s Medical Heart in Petah Tikva, which he nonetheless actively helps.“I met Irving Schneider throughout our time in New York, and in 1990 he agreed to contribute $80 million towards founding the hospital. And I raised an extra $30 million to construct it,” he says, noting that the undertaking was headed by Prof. Haim Doron, then Clalit Well being Companies director-general; and Prof. Yehuda Danon, then director-general of Beilinson Medical Heart.After their closing posting in Turkey, the Bar-Ners spent many glad years in Jerusalem earlier than relocating to Modi’in.“I might have liked to dedicate extra time and efforts to strengthen the State of Israel in each doable means,” says Bar-Ner. “However I don’t miss touring, and my spouse misses it even much less; it was very troublesome for her,” he acknowledges. “If not for Lynne, I couldn’t have achieved any of it. She was a first-class hostess and managed and maintained contacts with the individuals wherever we had been.”Bar-Ner, who wrote a e-book in Hebrew merely titled My Life, says he has three messages for Israelis immediately.“The primary is to maintain the nation sturdy as a result of that is the one means we will save the Jewish individuals. After we are sturdy, no person can assault us. Secondly, we should be a middle to the Jewish neighborhood worldwide. The third vital factor is to keep up wonderful relations with the US for the security and safety of each nations.”