From Lebanon to Israel
Dr. Cohen grew up in Lebanon, completing his early years of education in Christian schools. In 1991, like so many other 20th-century Jews struggling to preserve their rich heritage within hostile Arab societies, Dr. Cohen and his family were forced to flee lethal Arab anti-Semitism. Once resettled in Israel, he was able to manifest his love for Israel and commitment to Zionism openly and freely, and today Dr. Cohen is well known for his willingness to both call out anti-Semitism wherever it lurks and challenge any and all signs of retreat from Zionism’s fundamental tenets. As a native speaker and writer of Arabic, Dr. Cohen regularly crosses media divides, communicating directly with Arab audiences and providing them with perspectives on Israel that they would otherwise never receive.
Inter-Arab relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamist terrorism, and the history of Jewish communities in the Arab world
Edy Cohen, Ph.D
English, Arabic, Hebrew
Edy Cohen earned his PhD at Bar Ilan University and currently serves as a researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, where he specializes in inter-Arab relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism, and the history of Jewish communities in the Arab world.
An accomplished modern historian with extensive experience working within Israel’s intelligence community, Dr. Cohen brings to his outreach work an unusually sophisticated understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the forces at play in the larger Middle East (including classical anti-Semitism) that drive the course of that conflict. He is also a historian and media commentator.