Shabtai Shavit is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel; a post he has held since 2001. He served as the director of Israel’s Intelligence Services, the Mossad, between 1989 and 1996, having joined the organisation in 1964 and holding a number of positions over the 32 years before his appointment as director. He also currently holds positions as an adviser to the Israeli National Security Council, the Knesset Sub-Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Security.
Our Voice of the Fortnight is Deputy Editor Samuel Nurding speaking with Anders Persson, senior lecturer at Linnaeus University and author of the new book, ‘EU Diplomacy and the Israeli-Arab Conflict, 1967-2019‘ (Edinburgh University press, 2020). The two discuss the EU’s role in the conflict over the last 50 years, the impact of the UAE and Bahrain peace deals on EU policy toward the conflict, and how the EU has contributed to the development of Israel.