Mar 21, 2011
To whom it may concern,
I have known Dr. Martin Sherman for many years; our acquaintance spans both Israeli campuses and campuses abroad. I have always been impressed by Dr. Sherman’s ability to uncover the truth, to present his arguments with eloquence, and to politely yet thoroughly disprove widely held misconceptions and opinions.
To be a proponent of Zionist principles and to speak out for Israeli security in today’s academic climate is no small feat; to remain steadfast in these positions requires both academic and personal integrity of an order rarely seen.
For this reason, I believe that the creation of a new institute for strategic studies in one of Israel’s major universities is of vital importance. As a past Commander of the IDF’s Institute for National Security, I believe that there is an acute need for a civilian institute whose purview is the objective and realistic analysis of Israel’s strategic environment.
Dr. Martin Sherman is an ideal candidate to bring this mandate to fruition.
Gen. (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror, Vice President
The Lander Institute – Jerusalem Academic Center