Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, retired as National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council. Following his retirement, he joined the BESA Center as the Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow.

Major General Yaakov Amidror served with the Israel Defense Forces for 36 years (1966-2002). During his long military career, General Amidror was Commander of  the IDF Military Colleges, military Secretary to the Minister of  Defense, Director of the Intelligence Analysis Division (responsible for annual National Intelligence Assessment) in IDF Military Intelligence, Head of a large scale technology project, Intelligence Chief of the Northern Command, and Head of the “Devil’s Advocate” branch of Military Intelligence. Since retiring from the armed forces, General Amidror has published Reflections on Army and Security (Hebrew); and Intelligence, Theory and Practice (Hebrew), along with journal articles on strategy and intelligence matters.