February 27, 2015
JINSA announced today that IDF Major General Yaacov Amidror (ret.), a former national security advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will become its first Distinguished Fellow.
"We are honored to have Maj. Gen. Amidror as our first Distinguished Fellow. He is a strategist with deep expertise on the U.S.-Israel security relationship, the Middle East, and geopolitics at the highest level," remarked JINSA CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky.
Previously, Maj. Gen. Amidror provided expert policy guidance on a variety of issues as a Senior Advisor to JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. In his new and expanded role as a Distinguished Fellow, Maj. Gen. Amidror will utilize his extensive knowledge of military and security issues to author articles and deliver lectures in collaboration with JINSA's policy staff and leadership.
As National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Maj. Gen. Amidror was instrumental in conducting high-level talks between the U.S. and Israel regarding the Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Maj. Gen. Amidror retired from active duty in 2002 after serving as the commander of the IDF's Military Colleges including the National Defense College. He also served as the head of the research and assessment department of Israeli military intelligence, where he was responsible for preparing Israel's National Intelligence Assessment.
He has a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Haifa and has authored several books, including "Intelligence, Theory And Practice" and a study on "Winning Counterinsurgency War: The Israeli Experience."
Since his retirement, he has written articles for newspapers in Israel as well as the New York Times. He had been a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and now he is a senior fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center (BESA) at Bar-Ilan University.