Dr. Tal Becker
Dr. Becker has been a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, senior policy advisor to Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator and drafter in the Annapolis peace talks, director of the international law department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel’s UN Mission in New York, and an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces.
He is the author of Terrorism and the State, which won the Guggenheim Prize for best international law book, and has served, among numerous positions, as the Vice-Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s Legal Committee, the first Israeli to hold a position of this stature in over 40 years.
Avi serves as the Salisbury Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute, and is an expert on current affairs in the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on Israel and the Middle East. He is a former Israeli intelligence officer and senior official on Arab affairs. Fluent in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, he has held high-risk government, senior advisory, intelligence and counter-terrorist intelligence positions in Arab cities-often in very sensitive times-on behalf of Israeli government agencies.
Father Eamonn Kelly
Father Kelly hails from County Clare, Ireland and joined the Congregation of the Legion of Christ at the Dublin Novitiate in 1974. Following studies at Salamanca, Spain, the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, both in Rome, he gained extensive experience directing youth ministry in the Greater Detroit area, Michigan, and later in development work across North America. He was ordained a priest in 1987.
Dr. Dany Tirza
Dr. Tirza began his long military career (1977-2007) as a combat soldier and commander of regimental units in Judea and Samaria (1980-1994). In 1994, he was appointed head of a special staff in charge of the regional and strategic planning which provided assistance to the government including the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in their decision making process on security and regional issues. In this capacity he was in charge of planning Israel’s security infrastructure (including the security barrier in and around Jerusalem) and participated in ‘thinking teams’ at the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Security Council and the Control Terrorism Bureau. He has participated in Israeli delegations to peace negotiations with the Palestinians as an expert on territorial issues and mapping.
Professor Reuven Hazan
Professor Reuven Hazan is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His expertise centers on the historical and current analysis of democratic institutions, specifically placing Israeli democracy in perspective. Professor Hazan was closely involved in reforming Israel’s electoral system and continues to advise Israel’s leading politicians on the restructuring of its legislative branch. He collaborates with Israel’s top think tanks, serves as a consultant for several political parties, is often called upon to testify in the Israeli parliament, and has served on the Presidential Commission on the Structure of Government in Israel. He recently returned to Jerusalem from a sabbatical year as a visiting professor in the Government Department at Harvard University.
Professor Hazan is a frequent commentator on CNN, FOX, BBC, NPR and other networks, providing insight into the latest developments in Israeli politics. He has been quoted in magazines such as Time and Newsweek and in newspapers across North America from the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal.