Matthew Gould

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Person.png Matthew Gould  Rdf-icon.png

Employment.png British Ambassador to Israel Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
September 2010 - 2015
Haaretz described him as “Not just an ambassador who is Jewish, but a Jewish ambassador.”

Employment.png Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Iran

In office
2003 - 2005
Including 5 months as acting ambassador

Matthew Gould is the first Jew to have been appointed British Ambassador to Israel (2010 to 2015).[1]

Fox-Werritty scandal

Craig Murray, former Ambassador to Uzbekistan, argued that British policy was being driven in an underhanded fashion by the Israel lobby and linked Matthew Gould with the 2011 Fox-Werritty scandal. Murray wrote to Gould asking when he first met Adam Werritty, how many times he had met him, and how many communications of every kind had passed between them. He was told these questions would be answered in Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell’s investigation, but objected that "Gus O’Donnell’s report answered none of these questions".

According to Murray:

"I turned to an independent-minded MP, Jeremy Corbyn, who put down a parliamentary question to William Hague. The reply quite deliberately ignored almost all of Corbyn’s question, but it did throw up an extraordinary bit of information – yet another meeting between Fox, Werritty and Gould, which had not been previously admitted."

Hague replied to Corbyn:

“Our ambassador to Israel was also invited by the former Defence Secretary to a private social engagement in summer 2010 at which Adam Werritty was present.”

Murray concluded that “something very important is being hidden right at the heart of government” and published his story, “Matthew Gould and the plot to attack Iran.”[2]

In charge of cyber security

In November 2015, Matthew Gould was appointed Director of the Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance.[3]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Matthew Gould and the Plot to Attack Iranwebpage14 November 2011Craig Murray


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