The Jerusalem Center Experts Team

Ambassador Dore Gold has served as President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs since 2000. From June 2015 until October 2016 he served as Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN (1997-1999), and as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Read more and view publications
Ambassador Alan Baker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the head of the Global Law Forum. He participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, as well as agreements and peace treaties with Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. He served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Israel’s ambassador to Canada. Publications by Alan Baker
Ambassador Freddy Eytan, a former Foreign Ministry senior advisor who served in Israel’s embassies in Paris and Brussels, was Israel’s first Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He was also the spokesman of the Israeli delegation in the peace process with the Palestinians. Since 2007, he heads the Israel-Europe Project at the Jerusalem Center, which focuses on analyzing Israeli relations with the countries of Europe and seeks to develop ties and avenues of bilateral cooperation. He is also the director of Le Cape, the Jerusalem Center website in French. Amb. Eytan has written 20 books about the Israeli-Arab conflict and the policy of France in the Middle East, including La Poudriere (The Powder Keg) and Le double jeu (the Double Game). He has also published biographies of Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, and a book, The 18 Who Built Israel Publications by Freddy Eytan.
Ambassador Zvi Mazel served as Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden between 2002-2004. From 1989 to 1992 he was Israel’s Ambassador to Romania and from 1996 to 2001 Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt. He has also held senior positions in Israel’s Foreign Ministry as Deputy Director General in charge of African affairs and director of the Eastern European division and head of the Egyptian and North African department. Publications by Zvi Mazel
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser is Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments at the Jerusalem Center. He was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence.

Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira, who served as the Military-Secretary to the Prime Minister and as Israel Foreign Ministry chief of staff, edited the Jerusalem Center eBook Iran: From Regional Challenge to Global Threat.

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, a regular contributor to the Jerusalem Center’s blog on the upheavals in the Arab world, was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.  Publications by Jacques Neriah
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd. Publications by Jonathan D. Halevi
Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall has provided ground-breaking analysis of Iranian military strategy and tactics for the Jerusalem Center, and has written extensively about Iranian penetration of Latin America and Africa. Publications by Michael Segall
Lenny Ben-DavidLenny Ben-David served 25 years in senior posts in AIPAC in Washington and Jerusalem and as a consultant to the governments of Georgia and Turkey. He was also a consultant on conventional weapons reduction in Eastern Europe. In 1997 he was appointed as Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission (number two position) in the Embassy in Washington D.C., where he served until 2000 under three ambassadors and two prime ministers. His areas of expertise include U.S.-Israel relations, Public Diplomacy, International Affairs, the Middle East, and 19th/20th century photography of the Land of Israel. Publications by Lenny Ben-David
Justus Reid Weiner is a human rights lawyer and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is the author of numerous professional publications. Weiner also lectures widely in various countries. He is a member of the New York and Israel Bar. Publications by Justus Reid Weiner
Former journalist Fiamma Nirenstein was a member of the Italian Parliament (2008-2013) where she served as Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Chamber of Deputies and established and chaired the Committee for the Inquiry into Antisemitism. A founding member of the international Friends of Israel Initiative, she is the author of Israel is Us (2009). Publications by Fiamma Nirenstein
Hirsh Goodman established the program on media strategy at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. He was a former military correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Report, and a strategic fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His Jerusalem Center publications include The Gaza War 2014: The War Israel Did Not Want and the Disaster It Averted (2015) and The Knife and the Message: The Roots of the New Palestinian Uprising (2016). Publications by Hirsh Goodman
Nadav Shragai served as a journalist and commentator at Ha’aretz between 1983 and 2009, and is currently a journalist and commentator at Israel Hayom. His books include Jerusalem: Delusions of Division (2015); The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie (2012); and the ebook Jerusalem: Correcting the International Discourse – How the West Gets Jerusalem Wrong (2012). Publications by Nadav Shragai
Pinhas InbariPinhas Inbari is a veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent who formerly reported for Israel Radio and Al Hamishmar newspaper, and currently reports for several foreign media outlets. Publications by Pinhas Inbari
12[1] Dan Diker is Director of the Political Warfare Project at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. A former director general of the World Jewish Congress, he is also a Research Fellow, International Institute for Counter Terrorism at IDC, Herzliya. Publications by Dan Diker
Yoni Ben Menachem, a veteran Arab affairs and diplomatic commentator for Israel Radio and Television, is a senior Middle East analyst for the Jerusalem Center. He served as Director General and Chief Editor of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Publications by Yoni Ben Menachem
Dr. Harold Rhode Dr. Harold Rhode served for 28 years as an advisor on the Islamic world in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. He is a Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and at the Gatestone Institute in New York. Publications by Dr. Harold Rhode
Dr. Avi Davidi Dr. Avi Davidi is a Senior Iran Analyst and Director of the Iran Project on the Implications of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at the Jerusalem Center. He was formerly Iran Director and Senior Advisor at the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Senior Advisor at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, heading Digital Diplomacy in Persian, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Times of Israel Persian. Publications by Dr. Avi Davidi

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