A special series featuring Israel's leading thinkers and contributors
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Founded in 2002, NGO Monitor is a globally recognized research institute promoting democratic values and good governance. NGO Monitor works to ensure that decision makers and civil society operate in accordance with the principles of accountability, transparency, and universal human rights. NGO Monitor publishes fact-based research and independent analysis about non-governmental organizations (NGOs), their funders, and other stakeholders, primarily in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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20 years in the Trenches:
How Human Rights is Twisted to Attack Israel
Prof. Gerald Steinberg
Professor Gerald Steinberg is founder and president of NGO Monitor and Professor Emeritus at Bar Ilan University, where he founded the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation. His research focuses on Middle East diplomacy and security, the politics of human rights and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and Israeli politics and arms control. He was awarded a prestigious Israel Science Foundation grant; is a member of Israel Council of Foreign Affairs; was appointed to the Israel Higher-Education Council, Committee on Public Policy; and is a participating member of the Halifax International Security Forum (since 2014).
Meet The Author
The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace
Dr. Einat Wilf
Dr. Einat Wilf, a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute, 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 and a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company. In her recent book, “The War of Return” (April 2020), together with Adi Schwartz, she argues that for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to end with peace, Palestinians must come to terms with the fact that there will be no “right of return.”
The Supreme Court of Israel and Israeli
Society-Virtues and Challenges
Justice Prof. Elyakim Rubinstein
Elyakim Rubinstein was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court in 2004. In 2015, he was appointed as Deputy President of the Supreme Court, a position he held until 2017. Prior to his role as a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Rubinstein served as the Attorney General of Israel where he participated in negotiations with Syria (1999-2000), in the Camp David Summit (2000), and as the head of the Israeli delegation to numerous conferences about intolerance and antisemitism (2001-2003). He was the head of the Israeli delegation that negotiated with the Jordanian-Palestinian delegation in Madrid and Washington and head of the Israeli delegation for negotiations on the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty.
A Story Of Generations: Michal Cotler-Wunsh in conversation with Natan Sharansky
Michal Cotler-Wunsh & Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky was born in 1948 in Donetsk, Ukraine. He was a spokesman for the human rights movement, a prisoner of conscience and leader in the struggle for the right of Soviet Jews to immigrate to Israel. Upon his arrival to Israel in 1986, he became active in the integration of Soviet Jews and formed the Zionist Forum. In 1996, he established the Yisrael B’Aliyah party in order to accelerate the integration of new immigrants into Israeli society. He served in four successive Israeli governments as Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, followed by Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Mr. Sharansky is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the only living non-American citizen who is the recipient of these two highest American awards.
A former Montrealer, Michal Cotler-Wunsh is a member of the Knesset in the Blue and White alliance.. In addition to serving on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and several additional committees, she chairs the Special Committee for Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol, and the Subcommittee on Israel’s Relations With the Diaspora. As a religious, liberal woman and jurist, who has lived both in North America and Israel, she developed extensive and meaningful ties with many people from diverse backgrounds through an understanding of local cultures and appreciation of interpersonal communication.