Mr. Elliott Abrams
Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Deputy National Security Advisor
Elliott Abrams is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served as Deputy National Security Advisor in President George W. Bush's administration. He was also an Assistant Secretary of State in the Reagan Administration.
Ambassador Ido Aharoni
Consul General of Israel in New York
Ambassador Ido Aharoni is Consul General of Israel in New York, representing the state of Israel to communities from throughout the tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He has been a member of Israel's Foreign Service since the summer of 1991.
Mr. Ghaith al-Omari
Senior Fellow
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Ghaith al-Omari is a Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the American Task Force on Palestine. He also served in various senior positions within the Palestinian Authority.
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yaacov Amidror
Senior Fellow Researcher, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University
Former Director, National Security Council, Government of Israel
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Ya'acov Amidror is the former Head of Israel's National Security Council. In this role, General Amidror served as the most senior advisor to the prime minister on matters of national security and foreign policy. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow Researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University.
Maj. Gen. Yaakov Ayish
Israel Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the United States and Canada
Embassy of Israel to the United States
Maj. Gen. Yaakov Ayish serves as the Israel Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the United States and Canada. He works to strengthen defense cooperation between both countries and facilitate the exchange of military information.
The Honorable Jose Maria Aznar
Former Prime Minister
Spain
Jose Maria Aznar became Prime Minister of Spain in 1996 and served until 2004. Following his tenure in office, he founded the Friends of Israel Initiative to counter the growing efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel and its right to live in peace within safe and defensible borders.
The Honorable Evan Bayh
Partner, McGuire Woods
Former United States Senator
Evan Bayh served as the junior United States from Indiana from 1999 to 2011 and as the Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997. After leaving the Senate, he became a partner with the law and lobbying firm McGuireWoods in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, and also became a senior adviser with Apollo Global Management.
Dr. Tal Becker
Senior Research Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Principal Deputy Legal Advisor at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tal Becker is the Principal Deputy Legal Advisor for Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Dr. Becker is an expert in Israeli law, politics and diplomacy and was a lead negotiator during the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at the Annapolis Conference in 2007. He is also a member of the Israeli peace negotiation team in the current round of peace talks.
Mr. Paul Begala
Political Analyst and Strategist at CNN
Former Counselor to President Bill Clinton
Paul Begala is a Political Analyst for CNN. He gained national prominence as a Chief Strategist for the 1992 Clinton - Gore presidential campaign and later served as an advisor to President Bill Clinton.
The Honorable Howard Berman
Senior Advisor
Covington & Burling LLP
Congressman Howard Berman is a Senior Advisor at Covington & Burling. First elected to Congress in 1982, Congressman Berman became known as one of Capitol Hill's preeminent deal-makers. As the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he was one of Congress' leading experts on international relations, including the effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability.
The Honorable Michael Blake
Member
New York State Assembly
Michael Blake is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 79. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Blake is also the Founding Principal of Atlas Strategy Group, which focuses on political and economic empowerment for communities of color. Michael recently served as the Director of Public Policy & External Affairs for Green For All, a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
Ms. Donna Brazile
Vice Chairwoman, Voter Registration and Participation, Democratic National Committee
Founder and Managing Partner, Brazile & Associates, LLC
Donna Brazile is Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee. A veteran political commentator and activist, she served as Campaign Manager for Former Vice President Al Gore in 2000.
The Honorable Eric Cantor
Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors, Moelis & Company
Former House Majority Leader, United States House of Representatives
Eric Cantor is Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Board member of Moelis & Company. Mr. Cantor, who has more than 25 years of political and business experience, was formerly U.S. Representative for Virginia's 7th congressional district and House Majority Leader. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2001-2014. He was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the Majority Leader for the 112th and 113th Congresses where he led the public policy agenda for the House.
Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin
President
Middle East Institute
Wendy J. Chamberlin is the President of the Middle East Institute. A 29-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, she was Ambassador to Pakistan from 2001 to 2002, when she played a key role in securing Pakistan's cooperation in the U.S.-led campaign against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, in the wake of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11.
The Honorable Irwin Cotler
Member of the Canadian Parliament
Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Irwin Cotler is a member of the Liberal Caucus, representing the constituency of Mount Royal in Canada's Parliament. He previously served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Dr. Roger Cukierman
President
Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF)
Roger Cukierman is a French banker, businessman and Jewish philanthropist. He serves as the President of the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF) and Vice President of the World Jewish Congress.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo
FL-26
Congressman Carlos Curbelo represents Florida's 26th district and is serving in his first term in the House of Representatives.
Mr. Ami Daniel
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Windward, Ltd.
Ami Daniel is the CEO and co-Founder of Windward Ltd., a specialized data company that is analyzing and organizing the world's maritime data and making it actionable across the entire ecosystem. In 2010, following seven years as an officer in the Israeli Navy, Daniel and fellow naval officer Matan Peled co-founded Windward, having recognized the immense challenges and opportunities presented by the intersection of technology and the maritime domain.
Rep. Ted Deutch
FL-21
Congressman Ted Deutch represents Florida's 21st Congressional District and serves as Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. Throughout his time in office, he has been an outspoken voice against Palestinian unilateral action at the U.N. and on the Iranian nuclear program.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-25
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart is serving in his 7th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and three of its subcommittees, including State and Foreign Operations.
The Honorable Tom Donilon
Thomas E. Donilon is Vice Chair of the international law firm of O'Melveny & Myers, where he serves on the firm's global governing committee. He is also Senior Director at the BlackRock Investment Institute. He most recently served as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. In that capacity Mr. Donilon oversaw the U.S. National Security Council staff, chaired the cabinet level National Security Principals Committee, provided the president's daily national security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of the administration's foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts. Mr. Donilon also oversaw the White House's international economics, cybersecurity, and international energy efforts. Mr. Donilon served as the President's personal emissary to a number of world leaders, including President Hu Jintao and President Xi Jinping, President Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Mr. Mark Dubowitz
Executive Director
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Mark Dubowitz is Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he leads FDD's Iran Energy Project and Iran Human Rights Project, as well as activities in the areas of sanctions and nonproliferation.
Mr. Rami Efrati
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Firmitas Cyber Solutions
Former Head of the Civilian Sector Division, National Cyber Bureau, Government of Israel
Rami Efrati is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Firmitas Cyber Solutions, focusing on providing a unique technological approach for the security of mission-critical infrastructure sector & Internet of Things. He is the former head of the Civilian Sector Division of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau. He is renowned for his analysis of Israel's cyber policy.
The Honorable Robert Einhorn
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Arms Control and Nonproliferation Initiative
The Brookings Institution
Robert Einhorn is a Senior Fellow with the Arms Control and Nonproliferation Initiative and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at The Brookings Institution. Before joining Brookings in May 2013, Einhorn served as the U.S. Department of State Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control. In that capacity, he played a leading role in the formulation and execution of U.S. policy toward Iran's nuclear program, with respect to sanctions and negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries.
Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin
Senior Fellow, Center for International Communication
Bar Ilan University
Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin served as the Deputy Head of the Combat Intelligence Corps, the Personal Assistant to the Director of Military Intelligence and the Intelligence Officer in combat units and research departments in the Israel Defense Forces. She teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communication at Bar Ilan University.
Rep. Eliot Engel
NY-16
Congressman Eliot Engel is the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is one of the most outspoken congressional leaders advocating for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
Dr. Shai Feldman
Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
Member of the Board, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Shai Feldman is the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and as an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in London.
Mr. Richard Fontaine
President
Center for a New American Security
Richard Fontaine is the President of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as a Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at CNAS from 2009-2012 and previously as foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years. He has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Ambassador Robert Ford
Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute
Former United States Ambassador to Syria
Robert S. Ford is Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute. He recently retired from the Foreign Service after serving as U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014.
The Right Honourable Liam Fox
Former Secretary of State for Defence
United Kingdom
Liam Fox is a British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for North Somerset, and former Secretary of State for Defence. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and worked as a GP and Civilian Army Medical Officer before being elected an MP in 1992.
The Honorable Barney Frank
Former Member
United States House of Representatives
Former Congressman Barney Frank served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013. During his tenure, he served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
HI-2
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard represents the Hawaii's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Elected in 2012, she is the first American Samoan and the first Hindu member of Congress, and one of its first female combat veterans.
Rep. Ruben Gallego
AZ-7
Ruben Gallego represents Arizona's 7th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He previously served as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives.
Mr. Amos Gilead
Director, Political-Military Affairs
Israeli Ministry of Defense
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilead is the Director of Political-Military Affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Defense and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Defense on all political and diplomatic matters. He is a veteran of many of Israel's negotiations with its neighbors, as well as an expert on Iran's nuclear development program.
Rep. Kay Granger
TX-12
Congresswoman Kay Granger represents the the 12th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the House. She is currently Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations.
Ambassador Avi Granot
Deputy Director General and Head of the Africa Division, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Israel
Ambassador Avi Granot serves as Deputy Director General at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as the Head of the Ministry's Africa Division. A career Foreign Service officer, he served as Israel's Ambassador to Ethiopia and Finland, as well as in senior posts at Israel's embassies in Washington, D.C., Pretoria, and Rome.
Mr. Amos Harel
Military Correspondent and Defense Analyst
Ha'aretz
Amos Harel is the Military Correspondent and Defense Analyst for Ha'aretz. He has written extensively on Israel's fight against terrorism, as well as wars throughout Israel's history.
The Honorable Jane Harman
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Jane Harman resigned from Congress February 28, 2011, to join the Woodrow Wilson Center as its first female Director, President and Chief Executive Officer. During her nine terms in Congress, she served on all of the major security committees: six years on the House Armed Services Committee, eight years on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and eight years on the House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Mr. Todd Harris
Partner
Something Else* Strategies
Todd Harris is one of the nation's preeminent media and communications strategists, and a Founding Partner in Something Else Strategies. Most recently, Harris served as a Senior Strategist and Media Consultant for Marco Rubio's successful campaign for the U.S. Senate. He has served as a media and campaign strategist for a who's who of GOP officials including Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. John McCain, Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
President
Shalom Hartman Institute
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Director of its iEngage Project. He has founded some of the most extensive education, training and enrichment programs for scholars, educators, rabbis and lay leaders in Israel and North America.
Mr. David Horovitz
Founding Editor
The Times of Israel
David Horovitz is the Founding Editor of The Times of Israel. A noted author and leading journalist, he is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post and one of the most respected observers of Israeli politics, culture and society.
Rep. Steve Israel
NY-3
Congressman Steve Israel is the United States Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district. he has served in the United States Congress since 2001 and is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations.
Mr. Avi Issacharoff
Middle East Analyst
The Times of Israel
Avi Issacharoff is the Middle East Analyst at Walla! website, Israel's leading Hebrew-language online news portal, and for The Tower, a U.S-based website that follows events in the Middle East. He is also a columnist at The Times of Israel. From 2005-2012, he was the Palestinian and Arab Affairs Correspondent at Ha'aretz.
Ambassador David Killion
Chief of Staff, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Former United States Permanent Representative to UNESCO
Ambassador David T. Killion served as U.S. Permanent Representative to UNESCO from August, 2009 to December, 2013. During his tenure, Ambassador Killion worked tirelessly to advance U.S. national interests at UNESCO and help the organization to fulfill its mandate of building peace, eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development solutions for today's global challenges.
Mr. Eugene Kontorovich
Professor
Northwerstern University School of Law
Eugene Kontorovich's research spans the fields of constitutional law, international law, and law and economics. Prof. Kontorovich is also a leading expert on maritime piracy, universal jurisdiction and international criminal law
Mr. William Kristol
Founder and Editor
The Weekly Standard
William Kristol is Founder and Editor of The Weekly Standard, a journal of politics and ideas located in Washington, D.C. He is also a political analyst for ABC News and is a regular on ABC's This Week and on ABC's special events and election coverage. Before starting The Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, during the first Bush administration, and to Education Secretary William Bennett, under President Reagan.
Dr. Emily Landau
Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program
The Institute for National Security Studies
Emily Landau is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Project at The Institute for National Security Studies. She has published and lectured extensively on nuclear proliferation, arms control efforts and regional security in the Middle East.
Mr. Steven Law
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Crossroads
Steven Law serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Crossroads. Previously, Law served as chief legal officer and general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his stint at the U.S. Chamber, he was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor under President George W. Bush.
Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar
Deputy Director General, Head of U.N. and International Organizations Division, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Israel
Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar is the Deputy Director General and Head of the U.N. and International Organizations Division at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A career Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Leshno-Yaar's immediate previous posting was that of Permanent Representative to the U.N. in Geneva.
Ms. Ann Lewis
Former Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton
Ann Lewis was Senior Advisor and Communications Director of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign for president.
Ms. Valerie Lincy
Executive Director
The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control
Valerie Lincy is Executive Director of The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. She oversees the Risk Report database and the Iran Watch website, for which she is Editor and Principal Investigator.
Dr. Frank Luntz
Founder and President
LuntzGlobal
Frank Luntz is Chief Language Strategist at MDC Partners. An influential American political consultant, pollster and Republican Party strategist, he also appears frequently on Fox News.
Mr. David Makovsky
Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
David Makovsky is the Ziegler DIstinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and directrs the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, a subject that he has addressed in numerous books, monographs and articles.
Sen. Joe Manchin
West Virginia
The Honorable Joe Manchin is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia. He previously served as the Governor of West Virginia from 2005 to 2010 and the Secretary of State of West Virginia from 2001 to 2005.
Mr. Walter Russell Mead
Editor-at-Large
The American Interest
Walter Russell Mead is an American academic. He serves as the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and Editor-at-Large of The American Interest. Mead was also a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University, until 2011.
Mr. Mark Mellman
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Mellman Group
Mark Mellman is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mellman Group, a polling and consulting firm. Considered one of the nation's leading public opinion researchers and communication strategists, he has helped guide the campaigns of dozens of members of Congress and governors.
The Honorable Dan Meridor
President, Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR)
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Former Member of Knesset, Government of Israel
Dan Meridor is an attorney, a politician and former government minister. He served as a Cabinet Secretary under Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir and was first elected to the Knesset on the Likud list in 1984. He also served as the Minister of Justice, Finance Minister, Minister of Intelligence Services and Atomic Energy and Deputy Prime Minister. During his time in the Knesset, Mr. Meridor served as Chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and also as the Knesset Observer to the Council of Europe.
Mr. Aaron David Miller
Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar Middle East Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Aaron David Miller is Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He previously served in the State Department for 20 years, as an advisor to six secretaries of state as an expert in the Middle East and Arab-Israeli negotiations.
Mr. Hillel Neuer
Executive Director
UN Watch
Hillel C. Neuer is the Executive Director of UN Watch, a human rights non-governmental organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He appears regularly before the U.N. Human Rights Council on issues related to the situation in the Middle East.
Dr. Michael O'Hanlon
Co-Director and Senior Fellow, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence; Director of Research, Foreign Policy Program
The Brookings Institution
Michael E. O'Hanlon is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director at the Center for 21st Century Security. He is also the Director of Research for the Foreign Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force and American foreign policy.
Ambassador Ron Prosor
Permanent Representative of the State of Israel to the United Nations
Ambassador Ron Prosor is an Israeli diplomat, writer and columnist. He currently serves as Israel's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He has previously served as Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Director-General of Israel's Foreign Ministry.
Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich
Founding President, Israel Institute
Israel's former Ambassador to the United States and Chief Negotiator With Syria
Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich is the Founding President of the Israel Institute. He previously was Israel's Ambassador to the United States and Chief Negotiator with Syria. He also served as the President of Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Stephen Rademaker
Principal, Podesta Group
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, U.S. Department of State
Stephen Rademaker is a Principal with the Podesta Group. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary of State from 2002 to 2006. In this capacity, he directed nonproliferation policy toward Iran and North Korea and headed various bureaus, including the Bureau of Arms Control.
Dr. Ralph Reed
Founder and Chairman
Faith & Freedom Coalition
Ralph Reed is Founder and Chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. He was Senior Advisor to the Bush - Cheney campaigns in both 2000 and 2004 and Chairman of the Southeast Region for BC04. As chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, he led the GOP to its biggest victory in history, helping to elect the first Republican governor and third U.S. senator since Reconstruction.
Mr. Daniel Reisner
Head of the Public International Law, Defense and Homeland Security Division
Herzog Fox & Neeman
Daniel Reisner heads the Public International Law, Defense and Homeland Security Division at Herzog Fox & Neeman, one of Israel's leading law firms. He is widely recognized as one of Israel's foremost international law experts. Mr. Reisner spent nearly two decades in public service, including 10 years as the head of the Israel Defense Forces' International Law Department. In this capacity, he served as a senior advisor to Israel's peace negotiations delegations with Jordan and with the Palestinians.
Rep. Kathleen Rice
NY-4
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice represents New York's 4th congressional district. Prior to serving in Congress, she served as Nassau County District Attorney, as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia and as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney's Office in New York City.
The Honorable Mike Rogers
Former Chairman
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, United States House of Representatives
Mike Rogers is a former member of the U.S. Congress representing Michigan's Eighth Congressional District. He chaired the powerful House Intelligence Committee and built a legacy as a tireless and effective leader on cybersecurity, counterterrorism and national security policy. He uses the insider perspective he gained from travelling the globe - from the Middle East to South America - to host “Something to Think About with Mike Rogers” on Westwood One.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
FL-27
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen serves as the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. As Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in the previous Congress, she played a leading role in winning passage for numerous pieces of legislation vital to ensuring the security of the United States and Israel.
Ambassador Dennis Ross
William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Ambassador Dennis Ross is the inaugural William Davidson Distinguished Fellow for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has more than a quarter-century of experience in both Democratic and Republican administrations, including service as presidential envoy for Middle East peace.
Rep. Ed Royce
CA-39
Congressman Ed Royce is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a strong leader on the U.S.-Israel relationship and one of its staunchest supporters in the House.
Dr. Gary Samore
Executive Director of Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Prior to serving as the executive director of research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Gary Samore served for four years as President Obama's White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
Sen. Ben Sasse
Nebraska
Senator Ben Sasse is the junior United States Senator from Nebraska. He previously served as the 15th President of Midland University in Fremont, NE from December 2010 until December 2014.
Dr. Robert Satloff
Executive Director, Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Robert Satloff is Executive Director and Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. An expert on Arab and Islamic politics, he has written extensively on the Arab-Israeli peace process, the challenge of political Islam and the need to revamp U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East.
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller
Executive Director
Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller has been working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA for nearly 40 years. He is also the director of the Hartman Fellowship for Campus Professionals.
Mr. Daniel Senor
Senior Advisor
Elliott Management
Daniel Senor is a Senior Advisor at Elliott Management, as well as an American columnist, writer and political advisor. He was chief spokesperson for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election campaign.
Mr. Vance Serchuk
Adjunct Senior Fellow
Center for a New American Security
Vance Serchuk is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Since August 2013, he has been executive director of the KKR Global Institute, based in New York. He previously served for six years as senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and as a professional staff member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Mr. Salman Shaikh
Director, Brookings Doha Center, Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy
The Brookings Institution
Salman Shaikh is Director of Brookings Doha Center and a Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. His research focuses on negotiations related to conflict resolution, domestic politics and geopolitics of the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Levant and Gulf region. He has recently worked to facilitate dialogue in Syria, as well as to advise policy regarding involvement in the Syrian crisis.
Mr. Andrew Shapiro
Managing Director
Beacon Global Strategies
Andrew Shapiro is a Founder and Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, revitalizing and deepening political-military partnerships at home and abroad. Before being confirmed as Assistant Secretary, he served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to joining the State Department, he served from 2001 to 2009 as Sen. Clinton's Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor.
Mr. Ari Shavit
Author, My Promised Land
Senior Correspondent, Ha'aretz
Ari Shavit is a Senior Correspondent at Ha'aretz and a member of its editorial board. A leading Israeli columnist and writer, his voice has become one of the most powerful and influential in Israel's public arena.
Rep. Brad Sherman
CA-30
Congressman Brad Sherman is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. An outspoken supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship, he first introduced the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act, which funds joint U.S. and Israeli research in the areas of alternative energy and energy efficiency.
Mr. David Siegel
Consul General of Israel
Los Angeles, CA
David Siegel assumed the post of Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles in August 2011, where he serves as the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States. Most recently, Mr. Siegel served as Chief of Staff to Israel's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In this role, he was involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the senior levels of Israel's foreign policy establishment.
Ambassador Kristen Silverberg
General Counsel and Senior Advisor, Institute of International Finance
Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
Ambassador Kristen Silverberg is General Counsel and Senior Advisor at the Institute of International Finance. She served on the Advisory Board of United Against a Nuclear Iran since 2009, and became President in May 2012. She previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union.
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
AZ-9
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema represents Arizona's 9th congressional district. Prior to being elected to the House in 2012, she served in both chambers of the Arizona legislature.
Ms. Nancy Spielberg
Producer and President
Playmount Productions
Nancy Spielberg is the Producer of "Above and Beyond: The Creation of the Israeli Air Force." She previously produced "Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals."
Dr. Jonathan Spyer
Senior Research Fellow
Global Research in International Affairs Center (GLORIA)
Jonathan Spyer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center (GLORIA) in Herzliya, Israel, and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum. He is the author of “The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict” and a columnist at The Jerusalem Post.
Rep. Elise Stefanik
NY-21
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik represents New York's 21st District in the House of Representatives where she is a Member of the Armed Services Committee. She is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Mr. Bret Stephens
Foreign Affairs Columnist
Wall Street Journal
Bret Stephens is the Deputy Editorial Page Editor of The Wall Street Journal. An acclaimed journalist, he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Rep. Norma Torres
CA-35
Congresswoman Norma J. Torres was elected to the House of Representatives, where she serves California's 35th Congressional District. She previously served as a State Senator and a State Assemblywoman.
The Right Honourable David Trimble
1998 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
David Trimble is a British politician who was the first First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2002, and the Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1995 to 2005. He was also the Member of Parliament and then a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Upper Bann. He was instrumental in the negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and won the Nobel Peace Prize that year for his efforts.
Mr. Joe Trippi
Founder and President
Trippi & Associates
Joe Trippi is a longtime American Democratic campaign worker and consultant. Mr. Trippi has worked on the presidential campaigns of Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Dick Gephardt, Jerry Brown and, most recently, John Edwards. He served as Campaign Manager for presidential candidate and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz
FL-23
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz represents Florida's 23rd Congressional district, which encompasses parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. She also serves as the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Before being elected to Congress, she served in the Florida State Legislature.
Mr. Leon Wieseltier
Contributing Editor and Critic
The Atlantic
Leon Wieseltier is an American writer, critic, philosopher and magazine editor. He now writes for The Atlantic, both in print and online. From 1983 to 2014, he was the literary editor of The New Republic.
Dr. Einat Wilf
Adjunct Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Former Member of the Israeli Knesset
Einat Wilf, a former member of Knesset, is an Adjunct Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) - a Jerusalem-based think tank that focuses primarily on world Jewry. In the Knesset, Dr. Wilf represented the Labor Party and subsequently the Atzma'ut Party and chaired the Education Committee. Dr. Wilf served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to Shimon Peres when he served as the Vice Prime Minister of Israel.
Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes
Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Middle East Policy
The Brookings Institution
Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow and the director of the Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution. Dr. Wittes served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from November 2009 to January 2012, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East for the State Department. She also oversaw the Middle East Partnership Initiative and served as Deputy Special Coordinator for Middle East transitions.
Mr. Mosab Hassan Yousef
Author, "Son of Hamas"
Leading Actor, "The Green Prince"
Mosab Hassan Yousef was born in Ramallah, in the West Bank in 1978. His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a founding leader of Hamas, internationally recognized as a terrorist organization. Yousef was an integral part of the movement, for which he was imprisoned several times by the Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service. In his book, Son of Hamas, Mosab reveals new information about the world's most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own secret role.
The Honorable Miloš Zeman
President
the Czech Republic
Miloš Zeman is the third and current President of the Czech Republic, in office since 8 March 2013. Previously he served as the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from 1998 to 2002. As leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party during the 1990s, he transformed it into one of the country's major parties. He was Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech parliament, from 1996 to 1998.