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Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Israeli Security, Regional Diplomacy, and International Law


Key People


Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
In June 2015, Dore Gold left the Jerusalem Center, which he had led since 2000, to serve as Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During his tenure at the Foreign Ministry, until October 2016, Ambassador Gold advanced policies that strengthened Israel on a global level – from Africa and Asia to the Mideast and the Western world.

Ambassador Gold was the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999). In January 2014, he was appointed as an external advisor on international issues to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During Prime Minister Netanyahu’s first term, in his capacity as foreign policy advisor, Amb. Gold served as an envoy to the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf States. He also served as an advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Ambassador Gold was a member of the Israeli delegation at the Wye River negotiations between Israel and the PLO. He negotiated the Note for the Record, which supplemented the 1997 Hebron Protocol, and in 1999 concluded the negotiations with the U.S., Lebanon, Syria, and France for the creation of the Monitoring Group for Southern Lebanon. In 1991, he served as an advisor to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. From 1985 to 1996, he was a senior research associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, where he was Director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project. Dr. Gold received his B.A. (’75), M.A. (’76), and Ph.D. (’84) from Columbia University, where he specialized in the Middle East and in international law.

Ambassador Gold has written books and articles on the Middle East, including The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West (Regnery, 2009), The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City (Regnery, 2007), Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (Crown, 2004), Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Regnery, 2003), and U.S. Military Strategy in the Middle East (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publications, 1993). His articles have appeared in Asahi Shinbun, Commentary, Daily Telegraph, Die Zeit, Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, Le Monde, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

Chaya Herskovic – Director General
Chaya Herskovic, named as Director General of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in July 2004, served since 1988 as the Jerusalem Center’s Director of Projects, responsible for the organization and management of numerous Jerusalem Center research projects, conferences, and seminars in a variety of fields including privatization, education, law enforcement, local government, Israel’s political system, and the Druze minority. She has also been responsible for the editing and production of the Center’s Hebrew publications.

Professor Daniel J. Elazar, z”l – Founder of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Professor Daniel J. Elazar (1934-1999) was a leading political scientist and specialist in the study of the Jewish political tradition, Israel, the world Jewish community, federalism, and political culture. He was Professor of Political Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he founded the Center for the Study of Federalism, and held the Senator N.M. Paterson Professorship in Intergovernmental Relations at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, heading its Institute for Local Government. Professor Elazar was the author or editor of more than 60 books, and founded and edited the scholarly journal Jewish Political Studies Review.

Steering Committee of the Board of Fellows

Prof. Arthur Eidelman, Chairman
Zvi R. Marom, Vice Chairman
Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan
Prof. Shmuel Sandler
Howard Weisband

Prof. Arthur Eidelman – Chairman of the Steering Committee
Prof. Arthur Eidelman is Chair (Emeritus) of the Department of Pediatrics at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He is Professor of Pediatrics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine and International Editor of the Journal of Perinatology (the official publication of the Section of Perinatal Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics).

Zvi R. Marom – Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee
Zvi R. Marom served as Director General of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs from 1984 to 2003. He was particularly involved in the Center’s research projects on electoral and constitutional reform, privatization of Israel’s economy, forecasting Israel’s law enforcement needs, the study of educational systems, and the Druze minority. Prior to joining the JCPA, he held a variety of senior positions at the Prime Minister’s Office and retired with the equivalent rank of Major General.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan – Steering Committee Member
Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan served as Chairman of Israel’s National Security Council and was the National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister. In the Israel Defense Forces he served as Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Head of the Planning Branch of the General Staff, and Head of the Central Command. He also headed the Israeli security committee to peace negotiations with the Jordanians, Palestinians, and Syrians.

Howard M. Weisband – Steering Committee Member
Howard M. Weisband, a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center, served as Senior Adviser on Israel Affairs to the President of Yeshiva University (2004-2007); Director General of UIA Federations Canada (2001-2004); Vice President for International Development at Bar-Ilan University (1997-2001); Secretary General of The Jewish Agency for Israel (1985-1997); and Executive Director of the Memphis Jewish Federation (1977-1984).

Who’s Who at the Jerusalem Center (in alphabetical order):

Mark Ami-El – Director of Internet Publishing
Mark Ami-El was responsible for editing and production of JCPA’s English books, monographs, newsletters, website, and Internet publications from 1986 to 2014. He is managing editor of JCPA’s Daily Alert Internet digest of Israel and Mideast news. He served as assistant to Jerusalem Center Founding President Daniel J. Elazar from 1985 to 1999, and as press and legislative assistant to Congressman William Lehman (D-Fla.) from 1973 to 1978.

Amb. Alan Baker – Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs
Amb. Alan Baker is 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.

Lenny Ben-David – Director of Publications
Lenny 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.

Dan Diker – Director of the Political Warfare Project
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.

Amb. Freddy Eytan – Director of the Israel-Europe Project
Amb. 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.

Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi
Jonathan 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. and is a former advisor to the Policy Planning Division of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Pinhas Inbari – Researcher, Middle East and Palestinians
Pinhas 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. He is the author of a number of books on the Palestinians including The Palestinians: Between Terrorism and Statehood.

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Director of the Project on Regional Middle East Developments
Yossi Kuperwasser was formerly Director General of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence.

Amb. Zvi Mazel – Researcher, Egypt and Europe
Zvi Mazel served as Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt, Romania and Sweden. He also held senior positions in Israel’s Foreign Ministry as director of the Eastern European division and head of the Egyptian and North African department.

Dr. Jacques Neriah – Researcher
Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.

Brig. Gen (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira
Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira is a senior research associate at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as Military Secretary to the Prime Minister and as chief of staff to the Foreign Minister. He edited the Jerusalem Center eBook Iran: From Regional Challenge to Global Threat.

Justus Reid Weiner – Scholar in Residence
Justus Reid Weiner served as a senior attorney at the Israel Ministry of Justice, specializing in human rights and other facets of public international law. An international human rights lawyer, he lectures widely in various countries. His publications include Israel and the Gaza Strip: Why Economic Sanctions Are Not Collective Punishment (2015); Targeted Killings and Double Standards (2012); Curbing the Manipulation of Universal Jurisdiction (2009, with Diane Morrison); Illegal Construction in Jerusalem  (2003); “The Use of Palestinian Children in the Al-Aqsa Intifada” (Jerusalem Letter,   2000), and “‘My Beautiful Old House’ and Other Fabrications by Edward Said” (Commentary, 1999). 

Administrative Personnel

Projects Director: Ahuva Volk
Institute for Contemporary Affairs Project Coordinator: Adam Shay
Graphic Designer and Webmaster: Daniel Levin
Bookkeeper: Esther Zalis
Administration:  Odelia Zaguri


Yaakov Amidror, Ra’anana
Alan Baker, Jerusalem
Yoni Ben Menachem, Jerusalem
Eytan Bentsur, Jerusalem
Michael Brown, Toronto
Steven M. Cohen, Jerusalem
Irwin Cotler, Montreal
Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Uzi Dayan, Kohav Yair *
Dan Diker, Efrat
Arthur I. Eidelman, M.D. Jerusalem *
Freddy Eytan, Jerusalem
Joel Fishman, Jerusalem
Sander Ross Gerber, New York
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, Jerusalem
Allen (Avi) Glicksman, Philadelphia
Dore Gold, Jerusalem
Hirsh Goodman, Jerusalem
Jonathan Dahoah Halevi, Ontario
Aryeh Hecht, Jerusalem
Raphael Israeli, Jerusalem
Pinhas Inbari, Modi’in
Chaim Kalchheim, Jerusalem
Prof. Asa Kasher, Ramat Gan
Col. Richard Kemp, Colchester, UK
Irit Kohn, Tel Aviv
Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, Jerusalem
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, Rosh HaAyin
Prof. Jacob Landau, Jerusalem
Robert Licht, Philadelphia
Deborah E. Lipstadt, Atlanta
Zvi R. Marom, Ramat Hasharon *
Irwin Mansdorf, Ra’anana
Zvi Mazel, Jerusalem
Reuven Merhav, Jerusalem
Alan Mittleman, Allentown, PA
Jacques Neriah, Tel Aviv
Fiamma Nirenstein, Jerusalem
Daniel Reisner, Tel Aviv
Harold Rhode, Washington, DC
Dr. Richard Rossin, Givat Yeshayahu
Mordechai Rotenberg, Jerusalem
Colin Rubenstein, Melbourne
Shmuel Sandler, Jerusalem *
Jonathan Sarna, Newton, MA
Michael Segall, Netanya
Shimon Shapira, Ramat Efal
Nadav Shragai, Jerusalem
Steven Spiegel, Los Angeles
Gerald M. Steinberg, Jerusalem
Joshua Teitelbaum, Ra’anana
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, New York
Shmuel Trigano, Paris
Ilan Troen, Beersheva
Mervin F. Verbit, New York
Leslie Wagner, Jerusalem
Harold M. Waller, Montreal
Justus Weiner, Jerusalem
Howard Weisband, Jerusalem *
Steven Windmueller, Los Angeles

(*) – Member of Board of Directors


Irving Abella, Toronto
Zeidan Atashi, Ussifiya
Michael J. Bazyler, USA
Eliezer Don-Yehiya, Rishon le-Zion
Moshe Drori, Jerusalem
Nitza Druyan, Plainview, NY
Simon Zeev Erlanger, Switzerland
Andre Eshet, Haifa
Robert Freedman, Baltimore
Gordon Freeman, Walnut Creek, CA
Harvey Goldberg, Jerusalem
Sidney Goldstein, Providence
George Gruen, New York
Vladimir Khanin, Jerusalem
Samuel Klausner, Philadelphia
Jerome Kutnick, Philadelphia
Fadal Mansur, Haifa
Ivan Marcus, New York
Chaim Milikovsky, Jerusalem
Alberto Milkowitz, Sao Paulo
Ben Mollov, Jerusalem
Gustavo Perednik, Efrat
Ira Robinson, Montreal
David Schnall, New York
Carl Schrag, Chicago
Sharon Shenhav, Jerusalem

Baruch Susser, Ramat Gan
Morton Weinfeld, Montreal
Ruth Wisse, Cambridge, MA