We were thrilled to welcome Dr Tal Becker and Helen Brustman OAM to Leibler Yavneh College today. Dr Becker thoroughly enjoyed the tour of his alma mater and seeing the changes that have taken place. He particularly enjoyed playing cricket with his former teacher Mr Wing!

Dr Becker graduated Yavneh Dux in 1989 and is now one of Israel’s top peace negotiators and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He heads up the Institute’s educational initiatives on Israel and the Jewish world, including its “Engaging Israel” series — the leading educational program on Israel engagement in North America that seeks to strengthen and re-imagine the relationship between Israel and world Jewry.

Dr Becker also serves as legal adviser to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has been a senior member of the Israeli peace negotiation team, including the last round of talks mediated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Called “a diplomat’s diplomat” by Haaretz. He also has years of experience on the front lines of many of Israel’s most pressing diplomatic, legal and policy challenges.

Becker has been a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; senior policy advisor to Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; director of the International Law Department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry; counsel to Israel’s U.N. 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 Terrorism and the State.

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