Researchers

Prof. Efraim Inbar

Prof. Efraim Inbar

(Ph.D. University of Chicago) Director of the BESA Center. A veteran authority on the Arab-Israeli conflict and strategic developments in the Mideast. Expert on Israeli strategic doctrine, public opinion on national security issues, nuclear matters, U.S. Middle East policy, U.S.-Israel relations, Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, and Israel-Turkey relations.
Phone: 972-3-535-9198
Mobile: 972-54-660-3409
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaacov Amidror

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaacov Amidror

Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council. Served 36 years in senior IDF posts, including commander of the Military Colleges, military secretary to the Minister of Defense, director of the Intelligence Analysis Division in Military Intelligence, and chief intelligence officer of the Northern Command. Author of three books on intelligence and military strategy.
Mobile: 050-620-0505
Dr. Efrat Aviv

Dr. Efrat Aviv

(Ph.D. Bar-Ilan University) Specializes in modern Turkey, Turkish history, and the Islamic-spiritual Gulen movement.
Phone: 972-3-531-7816
Mobile: 972-54-667-2999
Dr. Yael Bloch-Elkon

Dr. Yael Bloch-Elkon

(Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Specializes in U.S. public opinion on Israel and the Middle East.
Phone: 972-3-531-7060
Mobile: 972-54-427-9292
Dr. Gil Feiler

Dr. Gil Feiler

(Ph.D. Tel Aviv University) Specializes in Arab markets and economies, Palestinian economic development, Mideast economic cooperation and Israel-Arab trade.
Phone: 972-3-644-8977
Mobile: 972-54-463-0515
Prof. Jonathan Fox

Prof. Jonathan Fox

(Ph.D. University of Maryland) Specializes in international and domestic conflict, especially ethnic and religious conflict.
Prof. Hillel Frisch

Prof. Hillel Frisch

(Ph.D. Hebrew University) Expert on Palestinian and Islamic politics, institutions and military strategies; Israeli Arabs; Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East; Palestinian-Jordanian relations; and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Jordan.
Phone: 972-3-531-7936
Mobile: 972-54-548-5909
Prof. Eytan Gilboa

Prof. Eytan Gilboa

(Ph.D. Harvard) Expert on American-Israeli relations, U.S. policy in the Middle East, American and Israeli politics, public opinion, international communication, and public diplomacy.
Phone: 972-3-531-7174
Mobile: 972-52-860-7227
Col. (res.) Aby Har-Even

Col. (res.) Aby Har-Even

Former head of the Israel Space Agency and of the SHAVIT satellite launcher program at the Israel Aircraft Industries.
Phone: 972-3-534-7363
Mobile: 972-54-498-0572
Dr. Tsilla Hershco

Dr. Tsilla Hershco

(Ph.D. Bar-Ilan University) Specializes in Franco-Israeli relations, U.S.-French relations, France and the Mideast conflict, Muslims and Jews in France, E.U.-Israeli relations, and E.U. affairs.
Phone: 972-3-531-8043
Mobile: 972-52-622-2394
Prof. Efraim Karsh

Prof. Efraim Karsh

(Ph.D. Tel Aviv University) Specializes in Middle Eastern history and politics, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, superpower involvement in the Middle East, and Islamic movements. Editor of the Middle East Quarterly and Israel Affairs academic journals.
Mobile: 972-52-952-2148
Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar

(Ph.D. Bar-Ilan University) Served for 25 years in IDF military intelligence specializing in Syria, Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups, and Israeli Arabs. Expert on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.
Phone: 972-3-531-8374
Mobile: 972-54-477-8908
Prof. Avi Kober

Prof. Avi Kober

(Ph.D. Hebrew University) A former researcher in the IDF Strategic Planning Department and the Defense Ministry’s National Security Unit, and editor at “Maarachot,” the IDF's publishing house. Specializes in military theory, Israeli security  doctrine, and the Arab-Israeli wars.
Phone: 972-3-531-8107
Dr. Alon Levkowitz

Dr. Alon Levkowitz

(Ph.D. Hebrew University) Specializes in East Asian security, the Korean Peninsula (foreign, security, politics and history), and Asian international organizations.
Mobile: 972-52-390-4981
Dr. Yaacov Lifshitz

Dr. Yaacov Lifshitz

(Ph.D. Ben-Gurion University) Former director general of the Israel Ministry of Finance and former chief economist of the Israel Ministry of Defense.
Phone: 972-3-571-6359
Mobile: 972-50-524-0400
Prof. Ze’ev Maghen

Prof. Ze’ev Maghen

(Ph.D. Columbia University) Expert on Iran, the Shi’a religion and Islam, and Persian Gulf politics. Speaks Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Russian and Turkish.
Phone: 972-3-531-7407
Mobile: 972-50-767-6565
Dr. Liad Porat

Dr. Liad Porat

(Ph.D. Haifa University) Expert in modern Sunni-Islamic movements, especially Egypt, and Middle Eastern history.
Mobile: 972-54-975-8054
Amir Rapaport

Amir Rapaport

(Ph.D. candidate, Bar-Ilan University) Former military correspondent of Yediot Ahronot and current defense analyst for Maariv. Publisher and editor of Israel Defense magazine. Expert on the IDF, military technologies, and Israeli military industries.
Phone: 972-74-703-1211
Mobile: 972-54-255-6167
Uzi Rubin

Uzi Rubin

Preeminent Israeli expert on missile defense. Founder and director of the Arrow defense program against long-range missiles in the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
Phone: 972-8-859-2632
Mobile: 972-52-830-8590
Dr. Jonathan Rynhold

Dr. Jonathan Rynhold

(Ph.D. London School of Economics) Specializes in Israeli diplomacy, U.S.-Israel relations, U.S. public opinion, Middle East-Far East relations, European Middle East policy, humanitarian issues such as warfare and human rights, international law, NGOs and BDS.
Phone: 972-3-531-8873
Mobile: 1-301-681-2920
Prof. Shmuel Sandler

Prof. Shmuel Sandler

(Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University) Expert on Israeli electoral politics, Israeli foreign policy and national security, U.S.-Israel relations, U.S. foreign policy, and Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy.
Phone: 972-3-531-8959
Mobile: 972-54-467-4597
Dr. Eitan Shamir

Dr. Eitan Shamir

(Ph.D. Kings College) Former head of the National Security Doctrine Department in the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs. Expert on insurgencies, Islamic terror groups, combat doctrine.
Mobile: 972-50-693-2555
Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham

Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham

(Ph.D. Tel Aviv University) Former senior analyst in IDF military intelligence and the Ministry of Defense. Specializes in chemical and biological warfare in the Middle East and worldwide.
Phone: 972-3-696-8953
Prof. Shlomo Shpiro

Prof. Shlomo Shpiro

(Ph.D. Birmingham University) Specializes in the study of intelligence services in Israel and Europe, the relationship between media and the security establishment, and NATO.
Phone: 972-3-531-7107
Mobile: 972-54-330-3560
Dr. Max Singer

Dr. Max Singer

(JD Harvard University) Co-founder of the Washington-based Hudson Institute. Expert on U.S. defense policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and long-term strategic planning.
Phone: 972-2-672-3391
Mobile: 972-50-745-3020
Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum

Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum

(Ph.D. Tel Aviv University) Expert on the Gulf states, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Arab economies, and pan-Arab issues.
Phone: 972-3-531-8665
David M. Weinberg

David M. Weinberg

Director of Public Affairs of the BESA Center. Editor of the BESA Bulletin. Was founding coordinator of the Global Forum against Anti-Semitism in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, and spokesman of Bar-Ilan University. Directs the Israel office of Canada’s Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs. Specializes in Israel-Diaspora relations, anti-Semitism, U.S. and Canadian Middle East policy, and pro- and anti-Israel advocacy.
Phone: 972-3-531-8959
Mobile: 972-54-776-7273