Israeli politicians Dani Yatom and Yitzhak Ben Yisrael discuss the threat a nuclear Iran poses to the world.
Yitzhak Ben Yisrael
Professor Yitzhak Ben Yisrael is an Israeli military scientist, general and politician, currently the chairman of the Israeli Space Agency and a Member of the Knesset for Kadima. He is the former head of the Administration for the Development of Weapons and the Technological Industry, which he was appointed to in 1998, and at that point, elevated to the rank of Aluf (Res.).
Ben Yisrael is head of the Program for Defense Studies, the Curiel Center and the Tel Aviv Workshop for Science Technology and Security, and a lecturer at the Cohen Institute for the History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas and at the School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University. He holds several other positions.
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi is Executive Director at the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels. He previously taught Israel Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and at the Middle East Centre of St. Antony's College, Oxford University.
He holds a degree in Political Science from University of Bologna, Italy, and a Ph.D. in political theory from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since 1998 he is at Oxford.
His research focuses on Israeli domestic politics, specifically coalition and party politics, and elections, post-Zionism, the Arab-Israeli conflict (mainly the Oslo era), Europe's new anti-Semitism and European attitudes to the Middle East. He is currently finishing a book on Israel's electoral reforms in the 1990s.
Dani Yatom is an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for Labour. He was previously a Director of Mossad.
Yatom studied mathematics, physics and computer science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gaining a BA. From 1963 to 1996 he served in the Israel Defense Forces and worked in the Sayeret Matkal anti-terrorism force, rising to the position of deputy commander, after which he moved to the Armor Corps and then became the head of the Israeli Central Command, ranked Major General. Between 1996 and 1998 he served as head of Mossad, and became a security advisor to then PM Ehud Barak.
In 2003 he was elected to the Knesset on Labour's list, and served as head of the committee on foreign workers, as well as chairing the lobbies for enlisted soldiers and the West Bank barrier. He retained his seat in the 2006 elections and continues to serve as head of the West Bank barrier lobby.