New at the BESA Center

A look at what’s new at the BESA Center.

In Memoriam: Irwin Hochberg

| October 15, 2017

The BESA Center for Strategic Studies was saddened to learn of the passing of Irwin Hochberg, a longtime friend of the Center and a tireless supporter of the State of Israel.

Professor Efraim Karsh Becomes Director of the BESA Center

| November 6, 2016

The Executive Council of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Efraim Karsh as the new center director. He succeeds Professor Efraim Inbar, who concludes a 25-year tenure as the center’s founding director.

Australia and Israel Should Develop Closer Ties in Defense and Foreign Affairs

| October 31, 2016

A study by APSI and BESA Center experts considers common strategic interests and suggests security cooperation between Canberra and Jerusalem.

Israeli Palestinian Policy – Whereto?

| October 11, 2016

Yaakov Amidror, Hillel Frisch, Gershon Hacohen, Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman and Max Singer discuss Israel’s policies on the Palestinian issue, in a post-Obama and post-Abbas era.

In Memoriam: Muzi Wertheim

| October 7, 2016

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies mourns the passing in August of Mr. Muzi Wertheim, one of the titans of modern Israeli industry and a founder of the Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University. He was 86.

Eight Recent Guest Lectures

| October 6, 2016

Dr. Colin Rubenstein, Mr. Uzi Rubin, Prof. Michael Mandelbaum, Dr. Dov Waxman, Michael Eisenstadt, Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Prof. Peter Berkowitz, and Mr. Jay Solomon delivered guest lectures at the center in recent months.

New Center Associates: Chorev, Hacohen, Lebel, Lerman and Mekel

| August 25, 2016

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, Brig. Gen. (res.) Moni Chorev, Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, Ambassador Arye Mekel, and Prof. Udi Lebel have joined the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies as research associates, over the past year.

BESA Center Associates Discuss Fighting Palestinian Terrorism and Securing Jerusalem

| January 28, 2016

In this round-table debate, BESA Center experts discuss Israel’s policy options in responding to Palestinian terrorism and reinforcing Israel’s hold in its capital city. They also discuss the expansion of Jerusalem, proposals for sharing Jerusalem, how to handle Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and Jewish prayer on Temple Mount.

Dr. Eitan Shamir’s new book on Military Command

| January 10, 2016

The Israel Ministry of Defense has published an updated and revised Hebrew edition of Dr. Eitan Shamir’s landmark book, Transforming Command (Stanford UP, 2011; Pikud Mesima, Modan, 2015). The book has been endorsed by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and has become required reading in many military academies including the US army, navy and marines, the UK military colleges, and in the IDF.

Prof. Efraim Karsh’s new book Debunks Orientalism

| January 7, 2016

In an important new book, The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East (Bloomsbury), BESA Center senior research associate Prof. Efraim Karsh debunks the Edward Said’s “Orientalist” notion that the agonies of the Middle East are traceable to the rough handling of the region by Western powers – first European colonialists, then American cold warriors.