Meet the panel

Who does The Israel Factor turn to for American-Israeli political analysis? Meet the panelists who share their opinions and commentary with us.

November 2, 2010 14:20
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Alon Pinkas is an Israeli diplomat who most recently served as Consul general of Israel in the United States. He has also served as Chief of Staff to Shlomo Ben-Ami and David Levy, and was a foreign policy advisor for Ehud Barak and political advisor to Shimon Peres.


Dan Halperin served as minister for economic affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, negotiated the Free-Trade Area Agreement between Israel and the US.

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Ambassador Dore Gold is President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He was the eleventh Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999). Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as an advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Eyal Naveh is a Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, where he heads the Political Education project. Naveh was the chairperson of the General and Interdisciplinary Studies program at Tel Aviv University between 2003 and 2007. He is a professor of US history in the History Department at Tel Aviv University.

Eytan Gilboa is Professor of Political Science and Communication, Director of the Center for International Communication and Senior Researcher at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies - all at Bar-Ilan University. He is a world renowned expert on US politics and foreign policy, American-Israeli relations, international communication and diplomacy.

Fred Lazin joined the faculty at Ben-Gurion University in Israel in 1975, where he established an Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies and the Department of General Studies. In 1991 Fred became the Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government. He recently completed a term as Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at BGU.

Yossi Shain is an academic specializing in international relations, comparative politics and diaspora politics. He formerly headed the political science department at Tel Aviv University, and from 1999-2003, was the "Goldman Visiting Professor of Government" at Georgetown University. At present he holds a dual-appointment at both Georgetown and TAU.

Zvi Rafiah is a consultant and commentator on US affairs, and is a highly referenced source when it comes to American political analysis and American-Israeli relations. Rafiah served in the Israeli diplomatic service for 21 years and was Minister-Counselor at the Israeli embassy in Washington.


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