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Michael Herzog

Milton Fine International Fellow

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Michael Herzog is the Milton Fine International Fellow at The Washington Institute.

Areas of Expertise

Israel, Palestinians, Arab-Israeli Relations, Peace Process

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Biography

Michael Herzog, a retired brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), is the Israel-based Milton Fine International Fellow of The Washington Institute. Over the last decade General Herzog has held senior positions in the office of Israel's minister of defense under ministers Ehud Barak, Amir Peretz, Shaul Mofaz, and Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. From September 2006 to October 2009, General Herzog served as chief of staff to Israel's minister of defense. From November 2001 to July 2004, he served as senior military aide ("military secretary") to the Israeli minister of defense. In that capacity, he acted as the liaison between the defense minister and the IDF, prime minister's office, intelligence community, and Israeli defense establishment.

General Herzog was a visiting military fellow at The Washington Institute in 2004-2006. His published work at the Institute included the study, Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Program: A Potential Asset for the International Community, and the influential Foreign Affairs article, "Can Hamas Be Tamed?".

Since 1993, General Herzog has played a key role in the Arab-Israeli peace process, participating in most of Israel's negotiations with the Palestinians, Jordanians, and Syrians, including the Wye Plantation summit, Camp David summit, the Taba negotiations, and the Annapolis summit and subsequent negotiations. From June 2009 to March 2010, he served as special emissary to Israel's prime minister and minister of defense in the efforts to relaunch the peace process. The general's career has included service as head of the Strategic Planning Division (1998-2001), deputy head of the Strategic Planning Division (1995-1998), member of the Intelligence Corps (1974-1994), and infantry soldier (1973 war).

 

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Education

M.A., Haifa University; B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem; National Defense College, Israel

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hebrew

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Publications

Minding the Gaps:

December 19, 2011

Policy Focus

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Most Recent Analysis

The World Needs to Work to Prevent the Next War in Gaza

August 16, 2016

Iran Still Looms Large in Israel's Threat Perception

July 15, 2016

TWI Series on the JCPOA at One Year

July 6, 2016

Activism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Clouds and Wind, but No Rain?

June 21, 2016

Alternative Futures for the Middle East

May 20, 2016

Israel and Turkey Approaching Reconciliation Amid Policy Challenges

April 19, 2016

Deterring Iran: Time for a New Mindset

December 9, 2015

The Syrian Cauldron: A View from Israel

December 8, 2015

New IDF Strategy Goes Public

August 28, 2015

Israel Confronts the Iran Nuclear Deal

July 24, 2015

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Selected Outside Publications

Introduction to Chaim Herzog, The War of Atonement (London: Grinhill Books, 1998, 2003, and 2009)

Coauthored introduction to Chaim Herzog, The Arab-Israeli Wars (London: Greenhill Books, 2004 rev. ed.)

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