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Research Fellow

Professor Alexander Yakobson is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute and Associate Professor of Ancient History at the Hebrew University and a scholar of democracy, popular politics, public opinion and elections in the ancient world.

Prof. Yakobson holds a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in ancient history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and previously taught at the University of Haifa.

In 1999, he published Elections and Electioneering in Rome: a Study in the Political System of the Late Republic. In addition to his focus on the ancient world, Prof. Yakobson researches the themes of democracy, national identity, nation-states, and the rights of national minorities in Israel and Western democracies. He co-authored a book on these subjects with Amnon Rubinstein: Israel and the Family of Nations: the Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights (published in Hebrew, 2003 and English, 2008).

Alexander Yakobson


May 25, 2015

Oct 12, 2014

It's difficult to keep military targets away from civilians in a densely populated area, but any fair discussion of Israel's combat methods must also take into account Hamas' contempt for human life.

Jul 28, 2014

Given their indifference to civilian casualties, Hamas' conduct is not irrational - merely vile. God help us if we can`t persuade them that it is irrational.

Apr 23, 2014

The real question is not whether the Palestinians are willing to accept some semantic formula having to do with the Jewish state, but whether they are ready to accept the Jewish state itself

Dec 15, 2013

Settlers shouldn’t get to decide the future of the country and the fate of its two peoples

Jul 31, 2013

Whoever believes in equality between people and nations, and does not believe in the law of the jungle, must support the idea of two independent peoples

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics