Recognition of IDF services


peres recommendation

Rabin recognition


military intelligence




Despots democrats and determinants of international conflict

Click to read forward by Shabtai Shavit, former head of Mossad


The politics of water in the middle east

About martin Sherman

  • Introduction
  • Early years
  • IDF
  • Academia
  • Politics
  • Public Diplomacy


Over the years, I have articulated positions that many have characterized as distinctly hawkish. This has led many to categorize me as belonging to the "extreme right."

This classification is misleading. I aspire to many of the values to which those on the moderate left aspire.  Indeed on several issues—particularly, but not exclusively, on the socio-economic sphere—my views are arguably closer to those on the moderate left than to those of the radical right.

Given the complexity of the issues on the national agenda, I believe that any attempt to designate people or positions as being either "left" or "right" is both overly simplistic and misleading.

Policy—whether domestic or foreign; whether security or social, whether economic or diplomatic—must contend with prevailing realities as they are and not as we wish them to be. As policy input, political correctness is a poor substitute for factual correctness. Similarly, good intentions are no guarantee of good policy. Indeed, often quite the reverse is true.

Even when the goal of one's policy is to transform an undesirable reality into a more desirable one, if this policy ignores the fundamental essence of the reality it is designed to transform, failure—often disastrous—is almost certain to result.

Nowhere is this more pertinent than in the Middle East. Here, decades of effort and billions of dollars invested in the vain hope of achieving some peaceable resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict in general, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular, have resulted in a string of precisely such disastrous failures.

For all those who genuinely desire a cessation to the violence and bloodshed, a fundamental reassessment of the validity of the conventional wisdom adopted so far is sorely needed.


About Martin Sherman...


"From my past acquaintance with him, I can testify that he has never sought conformity or consensus. There can, however … be little doubt that his ideas are challenging, provocative and carefully argued. Indeed, the very controversy they may stimulate is perhaps among their greatest merits. For they raise questions of substance as to the conceptual validity … of several major tenets of international relations policy assessment and deterrence"

Shabtai Shavit, former Head of Israel's Mossad


israeli defense force

I spent almost seven years in operational capacities in the IDF and various other arms of the Israeli security establishment. During this time, I interfaced with some of the most senior decision-making echelons in the country. 

My contribution to Israel's national security was recognized by the prime ministers and defense ministers under whom I served.


public diplomacy & pro-israel advocacy

Although I am not involved with party affiliated politics, I have been extremely active in engaging in pro-active public diplomacy and pro Israel activism at home and abroad.

I have published opinion pieces in most major newspapers in Israel (both in English and Hebrew) and have been interviewed on radio and TV including CNN and BBC. From 2000 to 2003, I held the position of the academic coordinator (2000-2003) of the internationally acclaimed Herzliya Conference.

I have interfaced with many prominent international authorities in wide range of disciplines. Moreover, both in a private capacity and in my current role as the academic director of the Jerusalem Summit I have been instrumental in bringing high level dignitaries from a variety of countries to Israel.  

I am on the board of several organizations such as the HESEG foundation (which provided comprehensive study grants of lone soldiers serving in the IDF) and the Washington-based EMET, Endowment for Middle East Truth.

Recently, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), working with Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO), invited me to address a Capitol Hill briefing reevaluating the Arab-Israel Peace Process. A ZOA news release was issued after the briefing.



an example of a closed conference i was invited to attend


Closed conference


an example of a india-israel panel I participated in...

India panel

Left to right: Major-General (res) Giora Eiland (former head of the Israel National Security Council); Shabtai Shavit (former head of the Mossad), Major-General (res) Yaacov Amidror (former head of Staff and Command College of the IDF); Prof Moshe Arends (former Foreign Minister and Defense Minister of Israel); Vice Admiral Alex Tal (former head of the Israeli Navy) and Dr. Martin Sherman.