He is a 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service, having served in senior posts overseas in the United States and Japan, and held senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Jerusalem. Notably, he was deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. and worked as Ambassador Michael Oren’s second in command for nearly three years (2009-2012). During the 1990’s, he served as Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich’s chief of staff and as a member of Israel’s negotiating team with Syria (1993-1996), and later as deputy chief of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo, Japan (2001-2005). In Jerusalem (2005-2009), he was acting head of the North America division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a frequent guest speaker at nation-wide forums, focusing on Israeli politics and elections, Israel’s war against Hamas, U.S.-Israeli relations, Israel’s strategic environmental challenges, and Israel’s place in the changing Middle East. Arbell holds a bachelor’s degree in world history and political science and a master’s in political science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.