The Team

Dr. Inbal Hakman
Prof. Sergio DellaPergola
Prof. Sharon Pardo
Dr. Einat Wilf
Rami Tal
Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Mirsky
Prof. Suzanne Last Stone
Chaya Ekstein-Koppel
Associate Fellow
Yogev Karasenty
Arielle Kandel
Brig. General (Ret.) Michael Herzog
Matthew Gerson
Ohad Shpak
Prof. Steven W. Popper
Senior Fellow
Antony Korenstein
Professor Uzi Rebhun
Senior Fellow
Ambassador Vivian Bercovici
Dr. Gitit Levy-Paz
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Inbal is a Ph.D. student at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also a teaching assistant at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government. She worked as a Content Director and a member of the steering committee of the Israeli President’s Conference (2008-2009). She holds a master’s degree (honors) from the academic program in Public Policy at the Hebrew University.

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Prof. Sharon Pardo (Ph.D., Ghent University, Faculty of Political and Social Studies) is a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in European studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Chair of the National Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS), as well as the Chair of the Bologna Training Centre (BTC) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the co-editor of Europe and the World book series by Lexington Books. Prof. Pardo is an adjunct fellow at the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a member of the Board of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR). His research interests focus on the legal and political dimensions of European Union foreign and security policy. Prof. Pardo also has significant interest in the development of the Euro-Mediterranean region and in Israeli-European Union relations. He has published widely on these issues and is the author of Normative Power Europe Meets Israel: Perceptions and Realities (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015), and the co-author (with Joel Peters) of Israel and the European Union: A Documentary History (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012, 2014) and Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010). Prof. Pardo teaches courses on the European integration process, diplomacy and public international law.


Dr. Einat Wilf, the Baye Foundation Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People, and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 18th Knesset.

Previously, Dr. Wilf served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres, a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, and a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Wilf served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces.

Dr. Wilf is the author of four books that explore key issues in Israeli society. Her first book, “My Israel, Our Generation”, is about Israel’s past and future from the perspective of the younger generation. Her second book, “Back to Basics: How to Save Israeli Education (at no additional cost)“, offers a detailed and feasible policy proposal for improving Israel’s education system. Her third book, “It’s NOT the Electoral System, Stupid”, demonstrates through comparative analysis why Israel’s electoral system is no worse than those of other democracies and therefore should not be changed. Her fourth and most recent book, “Winning the War of Words”, compiles her key essays on Israel and Zionism.

Dr. Wilf has a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

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Born in 1948 in Tel Aviv, studied law, general history and political science, and specialized in Political Philosophy. In 1977 he started to work at Yediot Acharonot newspaper as a news editor. From 1989 to 1993 he was Yediot Achranot’s Washington correspondent.
Since his return to Israel, he has worked mainly at Yediot Acharonot publishing house, as the head of the political and security division, and as a member of the editorial staff. In this capacity he has edited books by Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Ezer Weizman, Moshe Arens, Yossi Beilin, Moshe (Bogi) Ya’alon, Dan Halutz, Uri Sagi, Avraham Burg and others


Studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva College and received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem. Graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, and completed his PhD in Religion at Harvard. He was an aide to Senators Bob Kerrey and Al Gore and served in the Clinton Administration as a Presidential appointee in the US State Department’s human rights bureau. His has written widely on politics, culture and religion for The Economist, New Republic, Washington Post and many other publications. After the attacks of September 11 he was a chaplain for the Red Cross. His research interests are in political and social thought, comparative religion, Jewish philosophy and intellectual history. He is currently a fellow of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and is a Contributing Editor of Jewish Ideas

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Suzanne Last Stone is University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She has held the Gruss Visiting Chair in Talmudic Civil Law at both the Harvard and University of Pennsylvania Law Schools, and also has visited at Princeton, Columbia Law, Hebrew University Law, and Tel Aviv Law. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School and was a Danforth Fellow in 1974 in Jewish History and Classical Religions at Yale University. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Stone clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. In addition to teaching courses in Jewish Law and Political Thought and Jewish Law and American Legal Theory, she currently teaches Federal Courts and Law, Religion and the State.

Professor Stone is the co-editor-in-chief of Diné Israel, a peer review journal of Jewish law, co-edited with Tel Aviv Law School. She is also on the editorial boards of the Jewish Quarterly Review and of Hebraic Political Studies. She is a member of the board of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, the Center for Ethics of Yeshiva University, and the International Summer School in Religion and Public Life.

Professor Stone writes and lectures on the intersection of Jewish thought, legal theory, and the humanities. Her publications include: “In Pursuit of the Counter-text: The Turn to the Jewish Legal Model in Contemporary American Legal Theory,” (Harvard Law Review); “The Jewish Conception of Civil Society,” in Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society (Princeton University Press); “Feminism and the Rabbinic Conception of Justice” in Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy (Indiana University); and “Rabbinic Legal Magic” (Yale Journal of Law & Humanities). Her work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Hebrew, and Arabic.


Mr. Karasenty holds a M.A degree in Public Policy from the Honors Bachelors program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and B.A with distinction in History of the Jewish People, Sociology and Anthropology from the same university. Mr. Karasenty is founder and a board member of several initiatives aiming to promote Israel Diaspora discourse and Judaism as a culture; in addition Mr. Karasenty is a frequent lecturer on Jewish sociological and demographical trends and a co writer of the new paradigm for Israel Diaspora relationships (commissioned by the Israeli Government).

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Arielle Kandel holds a Master’s Degree in Law (“Maîtrise”) with a specialization in Humanitarian Action and International Law from the University of Aix-Marseille III (France).

Arielle’s long-time involvement in the nonprofit sector began during her law studies, when she interned as a legal assistant at an association of help for victims of crime. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she volunteered for several months at a local non-profit in northern India, teaching English and basic computer skills to a group of young Tibetan refugees. In Israel, she worked as a legal assistant at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC), a nonprofit organization providing support and advocacy to African asylum seekers and other migrants. She also served for nearly four years as a Fellow at JPPI, conducting research and analysis and developing key assessments and action strategies for decision makers on foreign policy and issues related to diaspora and transnationalism.

As a daughter and grand-daughter of immigrants and refugees, Arielle is strongly dedicated to helping immigrants and refugees, young women in particular, better integrate their host country and achieve their potential, and she hopes to succeed in building a sustainable nonprofit organization that will serve this purpose in New York City.

Arielle is a 2015 Agents of Change of the Centre for Social Innovation in Chelsea, and a 2016 Fellow of the PresenTense NYC Fellowship.

Arielle enjoys good conversation and stinky French cheese, adventurous treks and backpacking trips, and is a dance and theater lover.

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Michael Herzog is a Brigadier General in reserve. He was discharged in August 2010 from long service in the IDF, which included, among other things, combat as an infantryman in the Yom Kippur War, a long career in the Intelligence Division, the head of the Strategic Planning Division in the Planning Division (AGT), the military secretary to the defense minister and chief of staff Minister of Defense (a total of six years in the last two positions, with four defense ministers).

Herzog has been involved in all of Israel’s peace talks with the Palestinians, Syrians and Jordanians since 1993. Between May 2009 and March 2010, he served as a special envoy of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense in efforts to drive the political process.

He has also served and is serving as a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

In 2021 Herzog was named Israel’s Ambassador to the US.

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Iran as a Challenge to the Jerusalem-Washington-American Jewry Triangle


Discussing the Gaza Dilemma with Military Expert Michael Herzog


On Israel-Palestine, Biden Is Not Just Another Version of Obama


Michael Herzog: Israel’s Treaty With the United Arab Emirates


Michael Herzog: Will Israel annex the west bank this summer?


The Global Positions of China and the US, Before and After the Coronavirus Crisis


Brigadier General (Res.) Michael Herzog: Israel’s upcoming security challenges


The International De-Legitimization Campaign Against Israel


Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry


Attitudes Toward Israel and the Jewish People


Op-Ed: Israel Is a Victim of Turkey’s Transformation


Op-Ed: Debasing a Foundational Idea


Ohad is an Israeli lawyer by training, speechwriter for President Reuven Rivlin and the director of an NGO called ‘Forum Hashlama’, whose purpose is to shape policy with regards to issues of state and religion in Israel.

Previously, Ohad worked in the prominent law firm Shimron, Molho, Persky & Co and the Middle East Media Research Institute. Ohad was part of the political team of the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., where he focused on American foreign and security policy in Asia and Latin America and represented Israel at the Organization of American States. Prior to that, while in the Ministry of Justice Ohad assisted in preparing the Israeli Self-Assessment Report on implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Ohad also consults and writes on foreign policy, current events and public policy.


STEVEN W. POPPER, (Ph.D., Economics, UC Berkeley, 1985; B.S. summa cum laude, Biochemistry, U of Minnesota, 1976) is a RAND Senior Economist and Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is also director of RAND’s Israel Initiative. He has published research on the economics of innovation — particularly how organizations both public and private identify and incorporate technological change. He led RAND’s first Summer Institute, a week-long workshop on science, technology and U.S. economic competitiveness. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Associate Director of RAND’s Science and Technology Policy Institute (S&TPI.) He provided research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the executive branch. His work included projects on the economic and social returns to basic research, assessing critical technologies (including principal authorship of the Fourth U.S. National Critical Technologies Review,) policy analyses of national innovation systems, evaluations of federal R&D portfolios relevant to the Global War on Terror, determining the S&T capabilities required for a prospective Department of Homeland Security, technical barriers to international trade (for the National Institute of Standards and Technology,) federal R&D portfolio decisionmaking (for the National Science Board and the World Bank,) and Presidential transition documents on S&T issues of national importance.

Dr. Popper is currently leading projects on better integration of technology assessment into transportation planning for the Transportation Research Board and has recently competed studies on energy strategy in Israel and science and technology-based economic development in Mexico City. He has now begun a new project to work with Israel’s police on domestic policing issues. He was active in founding projects of the RAND Pardee Center for Longer-Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. This included co-authorship of the flagship study, Shaping the Next Hundred Years, which provides a new methodological framework for decision making under profound uncertainty that has been applied to an increasing set of policy issues. In particular, he has advised doctoral dissertations applying these concepts to issues in R&D planning and S&T policy. Dr. Popper has conducted research for, and has served as consultant to, several non-U.S. governments as well as multilateral international organizations such as OECD and the World Bank on issues of technology planning, industrial restructuring, and regional economic development. Prior to joining RAND he worked as a researcher in physical chemistry and enzymology, as Country Account Officer for Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia at Bank of America, and as consultant to the World Bank on issues of industrial restructuring in East Europe. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a member of the AAAS Policy Council representing the Industrial Science and Technology section, and is a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

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Born in the UK, Antony Korenstein received a BA in Geography and MA in American studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before moving to Washington DC, where he served for 14 years in a variety of political and government positions. On returning to Israel in 1996, he became director of communications (later director of strategic communications) for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and played a key role in articulating the intellectual and strategic foundations for JDC’s work. He also served for six years as director of JDC’s programs in India.

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Dr. Gitit Levy-Paz is a fellow at JPPI. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Bar-Ilan University, an M.A. in Hebrew Literature from Ben Gurion University, and a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from Bar-Ilan University. Her work focuses on contemporary Jewish American identity from an interdisciplinary – sociological, political and literary – viewpoint. In addition to her work at the JPPI, she is a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University.

Gitit was selected as a research fellow for the Israel Democracy Institute’s program on Judaism and Human Rights and has received several other fellowships. She worked as a literary editor and wrote literary criticism for the literary section of Haaretz.

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