Dr. Shmuel Berkowitz, Adv. is a renowned expert on Jerusalem and the holy places in Israel from a historical, religious, legal, and political perspective. He is a researcher, a lecturer in universities and research institutes, and an adviser to the Government of Israel, the President of Israel, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Ateret Cohanim, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and various Christian committees. He is the author of Wars of the Holy Places (Jerusalem, 2000), and How Awesome Is This Place (Jerusalem, 2006), as well as numerous articles. The book Wars of the Holy Places won first prize at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies for top research in the field of Israeli security in 2001.