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.
Aluf Benn is the editor-in-chief of Haaretz, one of Israel’s most major newspapers, widely associated with academia. Previously, he held several writing and editing positions including diplomatic correspondent, chief news editor and opinion editor. As a reporter in the field of national security since 1986, he has fought government secrecy and censorship, winning a landmark Supreme Court case on press freedom in 1989, exposing the worst corruption case in the IDF history, and publishing the secret intelligence budgets and the details of a hushed-up Israeli-Iranian legal battle over billions of dollars. He covered six Israeli prime ministers from Yitzhak Rabin through Binyamin Netanyahu’s second term. His work appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and The Guardian. He holds a joint MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Ali Qleibo
Dr. Qleibo is an anthropologist, author, and artist. A specialist in the social history of Jerusalem and Palestinian peasant culture, he is the author of Before the Mountains Disappear, Jerusalem in the Heart, and Surviving the Wall, an ethnographic chronicle of contemporary Palestinians and their roots in ancient Semitic civilizations. Dr. Qleibo lectures at Al-Quds University.
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. Ronen Hoffman
Dr. Hoffman is an academic and former member of the 19thKnesset, representing the Yesh Atid party. In the Knesset he served as a member of the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee and chaired the Foreign Affairs and Public Diplomacy sub-committee, coordinating the oversight of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Strategic Affairs, the National Information Directorate of the Prime Minister’s Office and departments within the Ministry of Defense.
Dr. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from Kings College, London. His expertise is in the field of Political Psychology, focusing on the psychological and cultural barriers in the areas of conflict resolution and political negotiations.
Dr. Hoffman served as the personal assistant to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, during which time he coordinated the Israeli delegation’s peace negotiations with Syria.
Dr. Hoffman has served as a senior adviser to the Minister of Defense as well as an adviser to the Minister of Health, focusing on international economic cooperation.
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.