Abraham H. Foxman, a lifelong American Jewish community leader and longtime national director of the Anti-Defamation League, has been tapped to join the staff of The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, where he will serve as a distinguished nonresident fellow working on issues of combating anti-Semitism and assaults on the State of Israel.
Mr. Foxman, who joined ADL in 1965 and currently serves as that organization’s National Director Emeritus, joins a distinguished list of Israeli leaders who have joined INSS after leaving previous military, political and leadership positions to continue to engage the public and contribute their vast knowledge and expertise in various fields of policy research.
“I’ve always seen Abe as an undeclared leader of the American Jewish Community and a leading global figure on matters of human dignity and moral conduct,” said Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, INSS Director and a retired Israel Defense Forces general.
“Abe’s broad array of relationships, which includes senior government officials in the United States, senior religious officials at the Vatican, and heads of state from around the world, will greatly strengthen our ability to engage in and promote vital public policy research,” Maj. Gen. Yadlin said. “His unique, life-long experience in combating anti-Semitism will be an important contribution, especially as Israel fends off the anti-Israel BDS movement that aims to undermine its legitimacy and threaten its security. He brings to INSS a ‘battle-tested’ toolbox for countering anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and anti-Israeli organizations.”
Mr. Foxman’s research work at INSS will include promoting Israeli-American relations and Israel-Jewish diaspora relations. To this arena he brings a deep familiarity with the challenges facing the American Jewish community and Jews around the globe.
Mr. Foxman stepped down from his leadership at ADL in July 2015 after serving 28 years as national director of the U.S.-based nongovernmental organization. He joins a distinguished roster of former public figures at INSS, including former Minister Gide’on Sa’ar, Knesset member Tzipi Livni, Cabinet Secretary Maj. Gen. (ret.) Avihai Mandelblit; Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yair Naveh; and former MK Yohanan Plesner.
The Institute for National Security Studies was founded in October 2006 as an external research institute of Tel Aviv University that deals with Israel’s national security, the Middle East, and the international system. INSS is an apolitical think tank that launches and engages in innovative, high-quality research that shapes the public discourse of issues on Israel’s national security agenda, and provides policy analysis and recommendations to decision makers, public leaders, and the strategic community, both in Israel and abroad. In a global survey of think tanks compiled at the University of Pennsylvania, INSS was ranked as one of the fifty leading think tanks in the world in the field of defense and national security.
The Chairman of the INSS Board of Directors is Mr. Frank Lowy, and Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, former president of Tel Aviv University and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., is the Vice Chairman.