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Elie Rekhess

Leading Middle East Expert

Travels from Chicago, Illinois

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Inside Israel and US Government


Professor Rekhess (Ph.D. Tel-Aviv University) is a leading historian of the contemporary Middle East.  He is presently the Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University and co-chair of its Middle East Forum. Concurrently, Professor Rekhess is a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. 

He was born in Haifa (Mt. Carmel) and raised in Israel and Italy.  He holds the rank of major in the IDF reserves, and was wounded in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Prof. Rekhess’ fields of expertise include the Israeli-Arab conflict, Palestinian politics, Islamic resurgence, the Arab Minority in Israel and Jewish-Arab relations.

He authored and edited more than 13 books related to his fields of interest. His most recent book entitled: Muslim Minorities in Non-Muslim Majority States was published in 2011 (Hebrew).

He served as a Strategic Advisor to Prime Minister Ehud Barak and as an Advisor to the Ministerial Committee on the Arabs in Israel.

Rekhess is a regular public lecturer and television commentator on the current situation in the Middle East, focusing on the “Arab Spring” and the rise of the Islamic trend.

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