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  Vol. 3  /  April 2004                      A JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND THE ARTS      


The "Project Daniel" Group


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Naaman Belkind, Former Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Defense for Special Means, Israel

Maj. Gen. (Res.), Israeli Air Force, Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, Israel

Dr. Rand H. Fishbein, Former Professional Staff Member, US Senate Appropriations Committee and Special Assistant for National Security Affairs to US Senator Daniel K. Inouye, USA

Dr. Adir Pridor, Lt. COL. (Ret.), Israeli Air Force; Former Head of Military Analyses, RAFAEL, Israel

Fmr. MK/COL (Res.), Israeli Air Force,  Yoash Tsiddon-Chatto, Israel


Louis René Beres was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971) and publishes widely on Israeli security matters. Professor of International Law at Purdue University, he is the author of two recent Policy Papers of the Ariel Center for Policy Research: “Security Threats and Effective Remedies: Israel’s Strategic, Tactical and Legal Options” (2000) and “Israel’s Survival Imperatives: The Oslo Agreements in International Law and National Strategy” (1997). Professor Beres is the author of nine major books in the field and is the Strategic and Military Affairs Columnist for The Jewish Press. His articles have appeared in more than one hundred magazines and journals, including US Department of Defense publications, Parameters: The Journal of the US Army War College and Special Warfare.

Naaman Belkind is a retired engineer with 33 years of service in the Israel Atomic Energy Commission and the Israeli Ministry of Defense. A former Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Defense for Special Means, he headed various projects at the Nuclear Research Center in Dimona and served as Science Counselor at Israel’s Embassy in Washington, DC.

Isaac Ben-Israel holds a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University, where he studied mathematics, physics and philosophy.  The author of numerous articles and several books on military issues, he has held several senior posts in operations, intelligence and weapons development within the Israel Air Force. In January 1998 he was promoted to Major-General and appointed as Director of Defense R&D Directorate in IMOD. Maj-Gen. Ben-Israel has been teaching at Tel Aviv University since 1989.

Rand H. Fishbein, Ph.D., received his doctorate, with distinction, in International Relations/Middle East Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies SAIS). He was a recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships for Middle East Study at St. Antony's College, Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Currently, Dr. Fishbein is President of Fishbein Associates Inc., a public-policy consulting firm based in Potomac, Maryland. Dr. Fishbein is a former Professional Staff Member of both the US Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the US Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as the former Special Assistant for National Security Affairs to Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI).  During his years of service on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Dr. Fishbein conceived of and authored numerous programs and initiatives in support of US national security interests in the Middle East.  He was the author of the first sanctions bill targeting the regime of Saddam Hussein ten months before the Iraqi leader invaded Kuwait.

Adir Pridor holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is currently Head of the Institute for Industrial Mathematics, which he established in 1992. A co-founder of the Operations Research Branch of the Israel Air Force, Dr. Pridor’s wide-ranging analytical studies have focused upon such issues as airfield vulnerability; air defense effectiveness; aircraft survivability in special missions; damage analysis; defense organization; missile threat assessment; threat forecast and force building, operational planning and others.

Yoash Tsiddon-Chatto, Col./Res., Israeli Air Force, was a Member of the 12th Knesset and of the 1991 Madrid Peace Mission. A member of the Israel Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, COL. Tsiddon-Chatto served as Chief of Planning and Operational Requirements for the IAF prior to the Six Day War. A member of RAFAEL (Armament Development Board) from 1992 until 1995, he publishes extensively on security issues in Israel and elsewhere. A founding member of the Ariel Center for Policy Research, Tsiddon-Chatto is the author, most recently, of ACPR Policy Paper No. 136: “Non-Classified Realities Affecting Israel’s Air Force – 2005-2010” (2002).