Founding President and Chairman

Yoel Golovensky, Founding President

Mr. Golovensky was born in New York City and was raised in New Rochelle, NY. He attended the Westchester Day School, founded by his father, the late Rabbi David I. Golovensky and Yeshiva University High School in Manhattan. Mr. Golovensky received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a JD from the Harvard Law School, and a LLM from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Golovensky practiced law in New York for 20 years and was a managing partner of a Manhattan law firm before moving to Israel with his wife (Vera) and two daughters (Yael and Michal) in 1987. In New York, he was active in Jewish life, serving as Vice President and President-Elect of the Board of Jewish Education for the New York Metropolitan Area. In Israel, Mr. Golovensky practiced law and was active as a lay leader in the Jewish Agency for Israel, serving on the Executive of the Joint Authority for Jewish Zionist Education and on the Board of Governors Education Committee. He also wrote a bi-weekly column for Haaretz, articles for Maariv, the Jerusalem Post, and the Jerusalem Report, and was a pioneer mediator, serving on the panel of the Supreme Court. From September 1999-September 2002, Mr. Golovensky served as Director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Russian Department in Moscow. Mr. Golovensky continues the practice of international law.

Dr. Yoaz Hendel, Chairman

Dr. Hendel is the Chairman of the Institute for  Zionist Strategies and served from 2011 to 2012 as Director of Communications for Prime Minister Netanyahu. He is a popular policy analyst with a weekly radio show and newspaper column, and has received Israel’s most prestigious prizes for his work inside and outside government. He received his PhD from Tel Aviv University and in 2011 published a behind the scenes account of Israel’s covert war with Iran titled Israel vs. Iran, The Shadow War. Dr. Hendel holds the rank of Maj. in the reserves of the IDF, where he spent 6 years in active duty as an officer in the Israeli Navy Seals, including in the 2006 Lebanon War, the Gaza War of 2008-2009, and recently in the summer 2014 Gaza War. In 2012, he published a children’s book titled Aba Yotze L’Miluim(Daddy Leaves for Reserve Duty), to help parents like himself explain their military service to their children.

Business Board


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Oded has over 20 years of experience including senior executive, complex project management, international software sales, Investment Banking, Corporate Development M&A and Strategy and CFO roles

  • Oded is a co-founder and CEO of DLT Squared Ltd. Which provides sophisticated algorithms for the financial markets.
  • Prior to DLT, Oded served as an Executive and CFO in a multi billion dollar privately held commodities logistics firm in the Netherlands
  • Prior to that, Oded was a Vice President, heading Corporate Development and M&A of Amdocs (DOX) and executed multiple M&A transactions
  • Before returning to Israel, Oded worked in the Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs in NY covering Tech, Media and Telecom sectors
  • Bachelor in Economics and MBA from Northwestern university – Kellogg School of Management, with additional executive training from Harvard

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David Guedalia is CTO of a new start-up called “out of  the box”.

Over the years David worked in various companies, some of  them large corporations (such as Qualcomm), in research and development, technology & intellectual property and held management positions at a number of hi-tech companies.

David co-founded a number of start-ups, most recently iSkoot, which brought the branded Skype phone to 10 countries

David holds over 40 patents in the fields of image processing, machine learning, telecommunication & Internet and client-server technologies.

David lives with his wife and children in Beit Shemesh.

IAC 2013

Sagi Balasha

From 2011 to 2015 served as the National CEO of the Israeli-American Council (IAC), the umbrella organization for the Israeli-American community in the United States. In this capacity, he grew the organization from a local operation with one office and seven employees, to a national operation with seven offices and eighty employees in major cities around the U.S. Sagi established the IAC as a premier organization in the American Jewish landscape that today directly reaches close to 200,000 people.

In October 2015 Balasha and his family returned to Israel. In Israel Sagi is a freelance and gives business development and project management services to different organizations. Currently his major focus is development of Israel based projects in the cyber field to fight Israel’s de-legitimization and hatred campaign together with a few American philanthropists and organizations. Sagi also currently serves as the CEO of the Israel Free Loan Association (IFLA).

Prior to his position as IAC CEO, from 2006-2011, Sagi served at Beit Hatfutsot as VP of Finance and Development where he headed a financial recovery plan that brought the institution from a state of deep deficit, to a state of comprehensive and consistent development. In this capacity, he managed the growth of the museum’s budget, space and visitors by more than 100%.  From 2001-2006, Sagi worked in the Israel Ministry of Finance Budget Department as Department Manager and later as Department Director, where he oversaw 20% of the government budget and was involved in major structural changes and reforms

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Victor Ofstein

Victor is a technology executive who has held a variety of management roles at IBM, Tradeum, Amdocs and Accenture, and currently serves as the COO of Jerusalem-based Freightos. He grew up in London and after high school enrolled at Yeshivat Har Etzion, combining Torah study with military service.  After a short period back in England, where he earned a BA in History and played an active leadership role in Bnei Akiva, he returned to Israel, settling in Ramat Bet Shemesh, where he lives with his wife and 6 children.

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Commentator for Ma’Ariv and Huffington Post, in the past columnist and senior editor at Globes, reporter for Ha’Aretz, host of “The Campaign” for the Educational TV and panelist on “Money Talks” on Channel 10, and VP for Channel 2’s Reshet.

Author of the book “The new gods” and the novels “Missing Max” and “Writing for Beginners” for Yedioth Ahronot. Her fourth book, Spoons, will soon be published.

BA in economics from Hebrew University and MBA in Marketing from Tel Aviv University.

amichai-danino-photoAmichai Danino

 

Amichai works as a senior strategic consultant at Deloitte Israel. In his work, Amichai leads strategic projects, for leading governmental bodies as well as major Israeli private firms. Prior to his work at Deloitte, Amichai clerked for the Honorable Justice Noam Solberg in the Israeli Supreme Court.  He also serves as an operative military legal counsel at the IDF’s international law department. Amichai holds an M.B.A. (specialization: finance), an LL.B., cum laude, B.A. in economics; B.A. in Talmud all from Bar Ilan University. Currently Amichai is a PhD candidate in public policy at Hebrew University, his dissertation focuses on the work of independent regulatory agencies. Amichai has a couple of publications, the most recent one, “International Human Rights and Israel as Seen in the Work of the Treaty Bodies: Do They Walk the Talk?” was published together with prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari (former Vice-president at the UN CEDAW Committee) in Israel law Review (Cambridge university press).

Board of Advisors

EyalEyal Gabay

Eyal is the managing partner of RGB Equity and Chairman of the Teachers Advanced Studies Fund. Over a 22 year career in government and business, Eyal has been Director-General of the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, directed international development for firms like Babcock & Brown and Bezeq, and handled complex international investment negotiations in the fields of infrastructure, finance, and TMT.

During his work with the government, he oversaw the privatization of El Al, the separation of the Israel Ports Authority and Israel Railways, and the transformation of the Israel National Roads Company to a government company.

Eyal holds cum laude and magna cum laude Bachelor’s degrees in Law and Economics, in addition to an MBA cum laude in finance from Hebrew University.

TzviZvi Houser

Zvi Hauser currently serves as special counsel at Goldfarb Seligman & Co. in Tel Aviv. He was Israel’s Cabinet Secretary from 2009-2013 and was appointed Chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council in 1997. He also serves as a board member for several public institutions, and in 2013, he began teaching at Hebrew University.

Hauser was born in 1968 to Mordechai and Yehudit. He was raised in Ramat Gan, Israel. His military service was in the IDF’s School of Leadership Development. Afterwards, he became a professional assistant to the Director-General of the Ministry of Labor and Welfare and assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the government-owned company Amidar; a provider of subsidized and rent-controlled housing.

In 1992, he became the Spokesperson for the National Union of Israeli Students. The following year, he served as a Media Adviser to the Likud party and to the then Chairman of the Opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu. He graduated from Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law in 1994, completed a legal internship at Pinchas Marinsky & Co. law firm , and became a member of the Israel Bar Association in 1996.

BennyBeni Silverman

Benjamin Silberman is an Entrepreneur and angel investor in companies focused in e-Health, m-Health and healthcare. He holds an MBA from the Hebrew University business school as well as an MA in Philosophy.

Previously Benjamin directed numerous  NGO projects ranging from strategic information platforms for foreign diplomats and the international media  to hasbara and educational programs in leading Israeli organizations.

Since 2004  Benjamin is doing his Miluim service in the IDF Spokesperson, making security briefings  to VIP delegations , Government representatives and foreign media.

Benjamin lives in Efrat with his wife and 5 children.

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Rivka Kidron served as Advisor to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from 2009 until 2013 and was responsible for developing strategy, setting priorities and implementation for different aspects of international engagement, and managing the building and maintaining of key relationships with Diaspora Jewish leaders and institutions and the Christian pro-Israel community.

Prior to joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Rivka spent several years in the private sector, working in the venture capital and high-tech industries.

In 2007 she was appointed to lead and manage a nonprofit educational organization based in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and support for Israel.

After four years at the Prime Minister’s Office, Rivka used her connections, knowledge and experience to further cultivate relationships with the Christian community in support of Israel by creating programs and initiatives that are enabling Christian leaders from all over the word to further their understanding, connect and engage with modern day Israel.

Working with some of the most prominent American Jewish and Christian leaders, she established and holds an executive role in Covenant Journey, an organization modeled on the highly-successful Birthright program, which provides subsidized trips to Israel for the next generation of Christian leaders, who learn about the roots of their faith and how to advocate for Israel.

A native New Yorker, Rivka holds a BA in Economics and MA in Public Management from Bar Ilan University.

BatyaBatya Kahana Dror

Batya Kahana Dror has higher education degrees in the fields of Law, Psychology, Political Science and History, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Policy Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is married and has 4 children. Over the last decade, Batya has conducted unrelenting battles for women’s rights, particularly in the rabbinical courts in Israel. She represents women who are unable to receive a divorce due to the recalcitrance of their husbands.

In the framework of her activity in the Mavoi Satum Organization, of which she is the director, Batya has made a breakthrough in the area of women who are denied their divorces, and her work has led to unique, precedent-setting court rulings, petitions to the High Court of Justice, and legislative initiatives that have been submitted by a variety of Members of the Israeli Knesset from an array of political parties; some of these initiatives have borne fruit, resulting in primary legislation. In 2014, Batya was selected by the Ma’ariv-Makor Rishon newspapers as one of the year’s most influential Israelis in the area of Judaism, and one of the ten most influential female jurists in the religious sector.

Recently, Batya submitted her candidacy to the Minister of Justice for the position of Director General of the rabbinical courts. The desire to bring about a change in the area of religion and state is what motivated Batya to run in the primaries for the Bayit Hayehudi Party. (although she eventually withdrew her candidacy for ideological reasons, realizing that she would not be able to promote these causes in that framework).

ElishevaElisheva Mazya

Elisheva Mazya serves as the CEO of the Jerusalem based non-profit organization, New Spirit, which works to keep educated young-adults in Jerusalem in order help Israel’s capital be a thriving and pluralistic city. Elisheva helped found New Spirit while a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science with Honors (2006) and a Masters Degree in Political Communications (2008).

Through the organizations and initiatives that Elisheva has helped start and lead, such as the Yeru-Shalem Coalition and Ma’as (Deed), she consistently works to advance Jerusalem as a vibrant city and to increase the influence of the young-adult population. Widely recognized as a young-leader of her generation, she has served as part of the President’s Young-Adult Forum and in 2012, as part of the SEAL Fellowship, attended a one-month leadership development and social initiatives course at Harvard University.  A huge fan of the performing arts, Elisheva serves on the Jerusalem Theater’s Repertoire Board traveling the country and screening potential plays.

As the CEO of the Jerusalem based non-profit organization, New Spirit, which works to keep educated young-adults in Jerusalem in order help Israel’s capital be a thriving and pluralistic city. Elisheva helped found New Spirit while a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science with Honors (2006) and a Masters Degree in Political communications (2008).  Through the organizations and initiatives that Elisheva has helped start and lead, such as the Yeru-Shalem Coalition and Ma’as (Deed), she consistently works to advance Jerusalem as a vibrant city and to increase the influence of the young-adult population. Widely recognized as a young-leader of her generation, she has served as part of the President’s Young-Adult Forum and in 2012, as part of the SEAL Fellowship, attended a one-month leadership development and social initiatives course at Harvard University.  A huge fan of the performing arts,Elisheva serves on the Jerusalem Theater’s Repertoire Board traveling the country and screening potential plays.

Yitz Glick

Dr. Yitz Glick was born in the United States in 1960, made aliyah and settled in the Gush Etzion town of Efrat. He is married and a father of five. During his military service in the IDF Armored Corps, he participated in the 1982 Battle of Sultan Yakub during the first Lebanon war – after this firsthand witness of his peers fallen in battle and in captivity, he decided to change his life’s direction and study medicine, in order to spend his career saving lives.

Every month, Dr. Glick flies to Cleveland, Ohio, where for years he has worked in a hospital emergency room. When he comes home to Israel, he volunteers at the Efrat Emergency Medical Center, along with the other doctors and paramedics who work under his guidance. To date, the emergency medical center has served more than 50,000 patients who live in the area from Kiryat Arba to Jerusalem. Dr. Glick refuses to receive any pay or remuneration for the treatment he provides a the Efrat Emergency Medical Center.  In the 12 years that he has volunteered his services, he has been the first on the scene, tending to those injured in traffic accidents and victims of terrorism in the area where he lives. Often, Dr. Glick reaches the scene before an ambulance, and is able to provide immediate emergency medical care.

Dr. Glick is on call 24 hours a day, responding to even the smallest medical need. In 2009, Dr. Glick received the Presidential Award for Volunteerism from President Shimon Peres, in recognition of his significant contribution to Israeli society.

 

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Born in New York made Aliya in 1987 with her family. Michal served as an Officer in the IDF Intelligence Corp and as a commander in the IDF officer’s school. Michal holds both a bachelors and a master’s degree from Bar Ilan university in Public Administration. Her Dissertation researched the Effect of NGOs on Israeli Public Policy and was the first academic research study on this subject.

Michal has been involved in research and project coordination both in the private and public sectors. She coordinated the Knesset Plesner Coalition Committee, leads Israeli delegations abroad, is involved in many governmental initiatives dealing with Public diplomacy, and coordinates educational projects for Jewish education in the Diaspora. Michal is married to Rafi and they have five children.

Founders & Associates


ישראל הראלIsrael Harel, Founding Chairman

Israel Harel founded the Institute for Religious Zionism at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He was also Director of the Institute’s Lay Leadership Program for six years. In 1980 Mr. Harel founded the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed until 1995, he also founded the journal Nekuda, which he edited from 1980-1996. Mr. Harel is the initiator and founder of The Forum for National Responsibility. This Forum, operating since 1999 under the auspices of the Rabin Center, created the Kinneret Covenant, a document of understandings and basic agreements between the major sectors in Israeli Jewish society. This document is the first of its kind since the establishment of the State.

Mr. Harel initiated and chaired the Gavison-Meidan project. The heart of the project that began at the Shalom Hartman Institute is the formulation of a comprehensive covenant, including the formulation of detailed legislative proposals, to regulate the joint existence of secular and religious populations in Israel in various areas of disagreement such as Shabbat, conversion, military draft, burial, and the law of return.

Professor Ruth Gavison and Rabbi Yaakov Meidan worked for three years on the document, with the assistance of the Forum for Critical Feedback, It was comprised of approximately 25 people from the fields of academia, public life, religion and communication. The document has been signed and will be distributed to the Israeli public.

Israel Harel chairs the Association of the Paratroopers who Liberated Jerusalem. He is a member of the Israeli-American Forum. Mr. Harel writes a weekly column for Haaretz. The column is distributed with the Israeli edition of Haaretz / Herald Tribune. His Op-Ed articles have been published by The New York Times, GUARDIAN and other newspapers around the world. He has published several books, including The Lion’s Gate and The Valor of the Heart, and has written essays on social, religious and political topics for various journals.

His program for a “Regional Settlement”, which in essence is the participation of Egypt and Jordan in transferring sufficient territories to the Palestinians so that they can establish a viable state, was recently published in London by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (“Chatham House”). The Harel family resides in Ofra, in the Binyamin region.

 


משה ארנסProf Moshe Arens, Associate   

Moshe Arens (born 1925) was an aeronautical engineer who became a leading Israeli statesman, serving as ambassador, minister without portfolio, and defense minister. Moshe Arens was born in 1925 in Lithuania. In 1939 he immigrated with his family to the United States ,He secured a B.S. degree from the MIT.In 1953 received an M.A. degree in aeronautical engineering from the   Institute of Technology.

In 1957 Arens took a position as an associate professor of aeronautical engineering at the Technion in Haifa. He joined Israel Aircraft Industries in 1962, where he became vice president for engineering. He won the Israel Defense Prize in 1971. He was active in Herut Party politics from the outset and was elected to the Knesset (parliament) in 1974. In 1977 he became chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Arens was appointed ambassador to Washington in 1982. In 1983 he became defense minister .

During the 1980s and early 1990s Arens served in government positions as Minister without Portfolio (1983-1984 and 1988), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1988-1990) and again as Minister of Defense (1990-1992). In 1992 he quit politics.

After his retirement from political life Arens wrote Broken Covenant: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis between the U.S. and Israel (1994). He also, served on the Board of Governors of the Technion in Haifa, where he was once a professor, and was a deputy director for the investment firm, Israel Corporation Ltd.

 


אשר כהן Prof Asher Cohen, Associate

Asher Cohen born in 1958 who is a researcher in the field of political science and associate professor at Bar Ilan University. He Grew up in Bnei Brak, and studied at Yeshivat Hadarom. Studied at theYeshivat Hesder Golan and a few months later enlisted in the army fully armored corps. With the rank of major in the Israeli Army. Cohen holds a BA in Israel’s history and political science (1984), master’s degree (1988) and doctorate (1995) in political science at Bar-Ilan University. Then he continued postdoctoral studies at the center of Jewish studies at Harvard University. Served as a religious boarding school in Moshav Nechalim. He taught history and civics Bnei Akiva yeshiva in Netanya, and was a lecturer at Tzfat, Ashkelon and the Jordan Valley.

Cohen, a fellow at the Institute for Zionist Strategies. In 2011 he was appointed chairman of the committee civics Ministry of Education. Towards the municipal elections Cohen was in the  11th ,unrealistic place in the list of “Dawn making  education” in  his city Modi’in-Maccabim-Reut.

As national elections twenties ran in the primaries of the Jewish Home party and was elected to the 24th unrealistic place.


avraham-diskin-(1)Prof Avraham Diskin, Head of the Constitutional team

Professor Diskin was formerly a Professor and researcher in the Department of Political Science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He served as Head of the Department of Political Science at Hebrew University and Chairman of the Israel Political Science Association. Over the years he also served as an adjunct professor at many universities in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Professor Diskin specializes in comparative politics, Israeli politics, election methods, voter behavior, decision-making and game theory. He has published 20 books and 150 academic articles on these subjects, dozens of which have been featured in top international journals.

In the public sector, Professor Diskin has served as counsel to heads of the Israeli political system – including prime ministers, ministers and Knesset (Parliament) members. He has also advised the Knesset and its committees, various government entities and the media, within Israel and worldwide.

For ten years he served as Chairman of the Cadets Committee of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Since the late 90’s he has been a consultant to the Central Elections Committee. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Council for Higher Education for Public Administration and Political Science.


RobertAummanProf Israel Aumman, Associate

Israel Robert John Aumann is an Israeli-American mathematician and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. He is a professor at the Center for the Study of Rationality in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. He also holds a visiting position at Stony Brook University and is one of the founding members of the Stony Brook Center for Game Theory.

Aumann received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2005 for his work on conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis. He shared the prize with Thomas Schelling.

Aumann was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and fled to the United States with his family in 1938.. He received a B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1950. He received his M.Sc. in 1952, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1955, both from the MIT.

In 1956 he joined the Mathematics faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has been a visiting professor at Stony Brook University since 1989. Aumann’s greatest contribution was in the realm of repeated games, which are situations in which players encounter the same situation over and over again.

Aumann is a member in the Professors for a Strong Israel (PSI), a right-wing political group. Aumann opposed the disengagement from Gaza in 2005. In 2008, Aumann joined the new political party Ahi led by Effi Eitam and Yitzhak Levy. “A priori, the thesis of the Codes research seems wildly improbable… Research conducted under my own supervision failed to confirm the existence of the codes – though it also did not establish their non-existence. So I must return to my a priori estimate, that the Codes phenomenon is improbable”.

 


180shernski310305_REUNatan Sharansky, Founding Associate ( Until June 28th, 2009)

Natan Sharansky is one of the most famous former Soviet refusniks and an Israeli politician, author and human rights activist. Sharansky was born and raised in the Ukraine and graduated with a degree in mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

In 1973, Sharansky applied for an exit visa to Israel, but was refused on “security” grounds. Following this denial, Sharansky became more overtly involved with the refusnik movement and became an activist for Soviet Jews.

In 1978, Sharansky was convicted of treason and spying on behalf of the United States, and was sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment in a Siberian forced labor camp. Sharansky’s memoirs of his years as a prisoner of Zion are described in his book Fear No Evil.

During the years of his imprisonment, Sharansky became a symbol for human rights in general and Soviet Jewry in particular. Sharansky was released in 1986 as part of an East-West prisoner exchange .In 1988, he was elected President of the newly created Zionist Forum.

In 1995 he created a new political party, Yisrael b’Aliyah,the party won seven Knesset seats, and Sharansky was named Minister of Industry and Trade.

Sharansky served as Minister of Industry and Trade from June 1996-1999. He served as Minister of the Interior from July 1999 until his resignation in July 2000 and as Minister of Housing and Construction and Deputy Prime Minister from March 2001 until February 2003. In February 2003, Natan Sharansky was appointed Minister without Portfolio, responsible for Jerusalem, social and Diaspora affairs.

In November 2006 Natan Sharansky resigned from the Knesset and assumed the position of Chairman of the then newly-established Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. In June 2009, he was elected and sworn in as Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, a post he still holds.

 


משה יעלוןMoshe Yaalon, Founding Associate ( Until March 31st, 2009)

Moshe Ya’alon was born in 1950 in Kiryat Haim. He was drafted into the IDF in 1968 and served in the Nahal Brigade Paratroop Regiment. He served as a reserve paratrooper during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and participated in the liberation of the Suez Canal. He returned to active service after the war and completed officer’s training. He held several command positions in the IDF Paratroop Brigade and commanded its reconnaissance unit during the 1978 Litani operation.

He served in an elite unit between 1979-1982 and fought in Operation Peace for Galilee. He then rose to become deputy commander of the IDF Paratroop Brigade. Near the end of his term, he was wounded in Lebanon.

In 1986, Ya’alon left to pursue advanced studies at the command and staff college in Camberly, England. When he returned to Israel, he became deputy commander of the elite unit in which he had previously served.

In 1989-90, he retrained in the IDF Armored Corps and completed a BA in Political Science at the University of Haifa.

In February 1990, he was appointed commander of the IDF Paratroop Brigade. In January 1992, he was appointed OC Judea and Samaria and promoted to the rank of brigadier-general.

In August 1993, Ya’alon was appointed commander of the ground forces training facility at Tze’elim and commander of an armored division. In June 1995, he was appointed OC Intelligence and promoted to the rank of major-general. In May 1998, he was appointed OC Central Command.

On September 15, 2000, he was appointed IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff. On July 9, 2002, Moshe Ya’alon was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and served as the 17th IDF Chief-of-Staff until June 1, 2005.

In February 2009, he was elected to the 18th Knesset on the Likud list. In March 2009 he was appointed Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs. He was appointed Minister of Defense on 17 March 2013. Moshe Ya’alon is married and the father of three children.

Strategic Forum

Alex Yaakovson. PhD., Department of History, Hebrew University

Amnon Lord. Makor Rishon.

Prof.Asher Cohen , Department of Political Science, Bar Ilan University.

Asher Meir. PhD., Research Manager of the Business Values Center.

Avi Becker. PhD, Department of Diplomacy, Tel-Aviv University

Prof.Avi Diskin , Department of Political Science, Hebrew University.

Avraham Bell, PhD., Department of Law, Bar Ilan University.

Prof.Berachyahu Lifshitz , Department of Law, Bar Ilan University.

Prof.Daniel Hershkovitz , Department of Mathematics, The Technion.

Prof.David Henshke , Department of Talmud, Bar Ilan University.

Prof.David Kashdan , Department of Mathematics, Hebrew University.

Dubi Helman, Former Secretary of the United Kibbutz Movement.

Efraim Brand, Ein-Harod.

Prof.Eli Marzbach , Department of Mathematics, Bar Ilan University.

Prof.Elisha Hass , Department of Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University.

Emmanuel Navon, PhD. Department of International Relations, Tel-AvivUniversity

Fiama Nirenstein, Jewish-Italian Journalist, Writer and Politician.

Prof.Gideon Bigger , Department of Geography, University of Tel Aviv.

Gilad Altman, Past Head of the Green Unit.

Prof.Haim Gvirtsman ., Environmental Studies Program, Hebrew University.

Prof.Hana Diskin , Department of Political Science, Ariel University Centerof Samaria.

Hanoch Kasotto, PhD, Tzmicha Learning Center.

Hava Pinchas Cohen, Poet.

Ilana Zigler. PhD, Manager of the Family Planning Association of Israel.

Prof.Maoz  Azriyahu , Department of Geography, University Of Haifa.

Max Singer. JD, Cofounder of the Hudson Institute, Washington.

Menachem Landau, Former Department Head of the Shin Bet.

Micha Ram. IDF Lt . General(ret.)

Michael Vidlenski. PhD.  Shalem Center.

Michael Wise. PhD., The American-Israeli Demographic Research Team.

Prof.Moshe Koppel , Department of Computer Science, Bar Ilan University.

Nehemia Rafel, Secretary General of the Religious Kibbutz Movement.

Rabbai Yoel Ben Nun, Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Rabbai Yuval Sherlo, Rosh Yeshiva, Hesder Yeshiva of Petach Tikva.

Ran Baratz, PhD., Hebrew Univesity, Shalem Center.

Shabtai Shavit. Former Head of  the Mossad.

Uri Rechev, Former Systems Engineer at Refa’el.

Uri Shtruzman, Circuit Court Judge(ret.)

Yaakov Hisdai. PhD. IDF General (ret.).

Prof.Yehoshoua Porat , Hebrew University.

Yisrael Yagal, Industrialist.

Yizhack Geiger, PhD. Former member of the civics committee in the Education Ministry

Yitzhack Herzog. PhD.

Yitzhack Klein. PhD, Head of the Policy Center of Israel.

Yitzhack Ravid. PhD., Former Chief of Staff of National Security, Prime Minister’s Office.

Yitzhak Brick. IDF Lt. General (ret.).

Prof. Yoav Gelber , Historian, Hebrew University.

Yoram Aridor. Former Israeli Minister of Finance, Former Minister of Communications And Former Ambassador to the UN.

Prof.Yossi Katz. , Head of the Cathedra for KKL History Studies, Bar IlanUniversity.

Yossi Klein Halevi. Writer and Israeli Cultural Expert.

Prof.Zachi Shalom , Israel Research Institute, Ben Gurion University .

Zalman Shoval. Former  MK And Israeli Ambassador to the UN.

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