I grew up in Chicago’s ultra-liberal Hyde Park neighborhood. Hyde Park’s most famous resident is Barack Obama.
I made aliyah to Israel in 1991, two weeks after receiving my BA in Political Science from another radical liberal stronghold — Columbia University in New York, otherwise known as Beir Zeit on the Hudson.
I joined the Israel Defense Forces that summer and served as an officer for five and a half years.
From 1994-1996, as an IDF captain, I served as Coordinator of Negotiations with the PLO in the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. In this capacity I was a core member of Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians.
In 1997 and 1998 I served as assistant foreign policy advisor Binyamin Netayahu during his first stint as Prime Minister.
From 1998-2000 I returned to the US for graduate school. I received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Although I spent most of my free time hiking in New England, it did not escape my attention that much of the faculty at the Kennedy School was not particularly fond of America, (Alinsky’s organizing methods were taught in a required first year course for MPP candidates) — or of Israel.
The latter truth was exposed for all the world to see when my former professor Steve Walt co-wrote the updated version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion with his friend from my childhood hometown – University of Chicago’s John Mearshimer.
After I finished graduate school I returned to Israel and began writing at Makor Rishon newspaper, (Hebrew). I served as chief diplomatic commentator and edited magazine supplements on strategic issues for Makor Rishon until 2007.
In March 2002, I accepted the position of Deputy Managing Editor of The Jerusalem Post. At the Post I write two weekly columns. These columns are regularly syndicated. My current title is Senior Contributing Editor.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, I covered the US-led war in Iraq as an embedded journalist with the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. Reporting for the Post, Maariv, Israel TV’s Channel 2 and the Chicago Sun Times, I was one of the only female journalists on the front lines with the US forces and the first Israeli journalist to report from liberated Baghdad.
My writings, which have also been published in major US periodicals, journals and newspapers and online publications focus on the strategic, cultural and political issues challenging the Israel and the United States.
From 2004-2012 I served as the senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC.
In 2012 I joined the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles as the Director of the Center’s Israel Security Project. I remain the Center for Security Policy’s adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs. In both capacities, I travel regularly to Washington to brief senior officials and members of Congress on issues of joint Israeli-American concern. I also lecture widely throughout the US and Canada.
If you would like to have me speak to your community, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to try to schedule it during my travels in North America.
In 2009, I founded the Hebrew-language satirical media criticism website Latma, (latma.co.il). Latma uses satire to critique the Israeli and Western media’s radical leftist bias. The concept guiding Latma is that the main reason the Left is able to force Western societies to agree to its crazy policies is because the Left controls popular culture, and through that control, leftists dictate what is cool and what is not, and what is socially acceptable and what is not. That power in turn intimidates people into accepting policies and positions that they oppose morally and intellectually.
In its Israeli Independence Day supplement in 2003, Ma’ariv named me the most prominent woman in Israel. In December 2005, I was awarded the Ben Hecht award for Middle East reporting from the Zionist Organization of America. In January 2006, I was awarded the Abramowitz Prize for Media Criticism by Israel Media Watch. In May 2009 I received Bar Ilan University’s Guardian of Zion Award. Latma won Israel Media Watch’s People’s Choice Award in 2011 and Tel Aviv University’s Jewish Peoplehood Award in 2010.
I published my first solo book, Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad, in 2008. You can buy it through the website.
My new book, The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, will be released by Crown Forum, on March 4, 2014. You can order an advance copy on the website as well.
I live in Mevasseret Zion with my family.