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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 Iranian Nuclear Negotiations: A Washington Institute Backgrounder

November 10, 2014

Assessing Iran-P5+1 Talks as Deadline Nears

October 15, 2014

From Fighting to Ceasefire in Gaza

August 11, 2014

A War We Didn't Want

July 21, 2014

The Gaza Crisis: Why Now? What Does it Mean? How Will It End?

July 11, 2014

Gaza Air Strikes Are a Necessary Show of Force for Israel

July 10, 2014

Israeli-Palestinian Relations: Top-Down and Bottom-Up

May 8, 2014

An Israeli Assessment of the Iran Deal

November 26, 2013

What Would Be a Good Deal on Iran's Nuclear Programme?

October 1, 2013

Striking Syria: Lessons from the Israeli Experience

August 30, 2013

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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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