“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.