Israel Institute-Supported Fellow Leads Roundtable at Brookings

November 16, 2016

On Monday, November 14, 2016, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yossi Baidatz sat down with Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, for a roundtable discussion on, “A Disordered Middle East–Israeli and American Perspectives.” Baidatz, former head of the IDF Command and Staff College, drew from his experiences as a former top military intelligence officer to discuss strategic decision making and U.S.-Israel engagement in the Middle East. Following his remarks and conversation with Dr. Wittes, he fielded questions from a room of 30 participants on topics such as Russian influence in the Middle East, new regional alliances, the U.S. and Israel’s response to the unrest in Syria and Iraq, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and strategic surprises in the region.


From left: Tamara Cofman Wittes, Yossi Baidatz

About Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yossi Baidatz:

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yossi Baidatz was most recently a member of the IDF general staff and commander of the military academies. He previously served in various positions in Israeli military intelligence, including with the special forces and the Northern Command, eventually becoming chief of the research division of military intelligence. Baidatz will be a visiting fellow at Brookings until mid-December, with the support of the Israel Institute.