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Is Israel a Military Superpower?

A Conversation with Yaakov Katz, Editor of The Jerusalem Post


Monday, February 6, 2017
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
The Tikvah Center, 165 E 56th Street, New York, New York

For questions, please contact Linda Nagelberg at lnagelberg@tikvahfund.org.

Israel is an exceptional nation, and this is certainly true when it comes to the Israeli military. Tested by war, heroic in its self-defense, Israel is leading the way in developing the most advanced weapons technologies and re-imagining the new realities of the modern battlefield in an ever-changing Middle East. In an important new book—The Weapons Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower—Yaakov Katz tells this story from the front lines of Israeli military innovation and with the analytical eye of a master journalist. He brings us into the fascinating world of Israeli weapons development—from drones to satellites, missile defense systems to cyber warfare—and he looks beyond the technology to consider what Israel’s edge means for its larger geopolitical strategy.

We invite you to join us for a conversation between Yaakov Katz, editor of The Jerusalem Post, and Eric Cohen, executive director of the Tikvah Fund, exploring how Israel became a military superpower, and what this means for the future of the Jewish state. We will also explore some of the major developments in current Israeli politics and world affairs, as seen by one of Israel’s veteran journalists and keenest analysts.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.


This event is at capacity, and registration is closed. Please check back later for a recording of the event.


Yaakov Katz is Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post. He is a faculty member and lecturer at Harvard University’s Extension School where he teaches an advanced course in journalism. He previously served for close to a decade as the paper’s military reporter and defense analyst and is the co-author of the books: The Weapons Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower and Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War. In 2012-2013, Katz was one of 12 international fellows to spend a year at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Originally from Chicago, Katz also has a law degree from Bar Ilan University. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children.