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Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Tal Becker is a senior research fellow of the Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he leads educational initiatives on Israel and the Jewish world.

In this capacity, he is a leading member of the Institute’s iEngage research seminar which produces the premier educational program on Israel engagement in North America, working to strengthen and re-imagine the relationship between Israel and World Jewry.

Dr. Becker also serves as the Legal Adviser of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has been a senior member of the Israeli peace negotiation team in successive rounds of peace negotiations, including playing an instrumental role in negotiating and drafting the recent agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco. He has years of experience on the front lines of many of Israel’s most pressing diplomatic, legal, and policy challenges as a veteran negotiator and key behind-the-scenes representative for Israel in a wide variety of contexts.

Among numerous previous positions, Dr. Becker has been a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, senior policy advisor to Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator and drafter in both the Annapolis and Kerry peace talks, Director of the International Law Department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel’s UN Mission in New York, and an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces.

He earned his doctorate from Columbia University and, among numerous scholarly awards, is the winner of the Rabin Peace Prize and the 2007 Guggenheim Prize for best international law book for his book Terrorism and the State.

Tal Becker


Jan 16, 2024

Tal Becker speaks at The Hague on behalf of Israel

May 9, 2022

Tal Becker, Abigail Pogrebin, Elana Broitman, Mark Hetfield

What is the relationship between memory and action? Can we harness collective memory of past traumas to mobilize large-scale response in times of crisis?

Oct 28, 2020

Daily bite-size teachings from diverse Hartman scholars in Israel and North America. 

Jun 13, 2016

We don't need to overcome our differences, we need to balance them with a commitment to the tribal Jewish collective

Jun 8, 2014

At its heart, Jewish dialogue prizes the idea that staking a claim to a truer and healthier future means being honest, learned, and engaged in the claim our heritage has upon us.

Feb 26, 2014

There should be no inherent contradiction between being results-oriented and being well-mannered

Jan 26, 2014

We do no disservice to our positions by recognizing the doubts and costs that may be associated with them

Oct 14, 2013

Sensitivity to the values embraced by a Jewish sovereign society need not constitute some kind of admission that the body of Israel is less important than its soul.

Aug 11, 2013

Judaism tells us that change is coming; the only question is whether we will be a part of it.

Jul 14, 2013

The Chief Rabbi could nurture a public space that transcends what divides us, but only if he stirs our desire to engage with the beauty, depth, and range of our heritage

Jun 22, 2013

There is always a place for Jewish longing, because we are a people defined more by our aspirations than by our achievements

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