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Israeli Foreign Ministry Pushed To Sidelines on Policymaking

Ronen Hoffman, chairman of the Knesset's Foreign and Defense Affairs Subcommittee on Public Diplomacy, discusses Israeli foreign policy with Al-Monitor.
Israeli soldiers, atop a tank, prepare to leave their Gaza border position at sun rise November 22, 2012. A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (ISRAEL - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS) - RTR3AQ08
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“Israel’s foreign policy is passive, not proactive,” says Knesset Member Ronen Hoffman of the Yesh Atid party. “It’s not derived from any strategy, and this is something we must change.”

Hoffman chairs the Knesset’s Foreign and Defense Affairs’ Subcommittee on Public Diplomacy, the realization of a professional dream. Hoffman has a Ph.D. in international relations from King’s College, London, and has been researching and dealing in issues of diplomacy for most of his adult life. After the assassination of late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, he established the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. In January 2000 he served as secretary of the Israeli delegation to the peace talks between Israel and Syria in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. 

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