Issue Brief Dec 15, 2021
Doing it his way: How Naftali Bennett could beat the odds and wind up transforming Israel
By Shalom Lipner
Israel is experiencing the throes of growing pain. After the uninterrupted, twelve-year reign of Benjamin Netanyahu – whom many Israelis considered irreplaceable as the country's prime minister – Israelis have a new chief. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, virtually unknown on the global stage, is moving through this uncharted territory ambitiously.
MENASourceNov 2, 2022
Experts react: Bibi is back—back again for now
By Daniel B. Shapiro, Barbara Slavin, Mark N. Katz, Richard LeBaron, Thomas S. Warrick, Jean-Loup Samaan, Shalom Lipner, Carmiel Arbit, Ali Bakir, David Daoud, Andrew L. Peek, Ariel Ezrahi, Yulia Shalomov, Jonah Fisher
We asked our experts to weigh in on what's in store for Israel's democracy, its ability to balance opposing domestic forces, and its relations with regional partners.
Shalom Lipner is a nonresident senior fellow for the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council, where his primary research interests include the US-Israel bilateral relationship, Israel’s foreign and defense policy and domestic affairs, and Middle East regional dynamics.
Lipner served seven consecutive Israeli premiers over a quarter-century at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, where his areas of core expertise included foreign policy, public diplomacy and communications, and Jewish communal affairs. Among the positions he held were assistant foreign policy advisor to the prime minister, advisor to the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, special coordinator for public diplomacy, advisor to the Minister of Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community, and director of communications for the Government Press Office. Lipner also filled terms as coordinator of the US-Israel Strategic Dialogue and director of the Government Coordinating Committee on Countering Antisemitism.
After leaving government service, Lipner was a nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. His commentary and analysis have been featured internationally in The New York Times, Politico, Foreign Affairs, The Jerusalem Post, The Atlantic, The Australian, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, Ha’aretz, US News and World Report, Al-Jazeera,Asia Times, The National Interest, The Forward, Defense News, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Hill, and other publications.
Lipner earned a BA in international relations and political science from the University of Toronto, an MA in international relations and American studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MS in management studies from Boston University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, which he attended as a Wexner-Israel Fellow.