Award-Winning Haaretz Journalist Amos Harel Named RAND Visiting Israel Fellow

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August 12, 2019

Amos Harel, senior defense correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, has been named the 2019-2020 visiting Israel Fellow at the RAND Corporation. The fellowship is part of the Israel Program, within the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP), addressing domestic socioeconomic and foreign policy issues that are critical to Israel's future survival and prosperity for all its citizens.

“We are extremely pleased to have Amos Harel at RAND and look forward to an even stronger portfolio of public policy research on Israel with his many years of experience and insight,” said Dalia Dassa Kaye, director of CMEPP.

During his fellowship, Harel will undertake research and publish a paper on the intersection between changing Israeli demographics and the Israel Defense Forces and how these shifts could in turn affect the IDF's ability to meet both internal and external challenges.

Harel, one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues, has covered Israeli security affairs for 22 years and published three books. He coauthored The Seventh War (2004) about the second Intifada and 34 Days about Israel's second Lebanon War (2009) with journalist and screen writer Avi Issacharoff. Both books received the Chechic award, given annually by the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University (INSS).

Harel's latest book, The New Face of the IDF, was published in Hebrew in 2013. In 2015, Harel won the Sokolov award, Israel's most prestigious award for excellence in journalism.

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