IDF Officer Named Senior Fellow at Washington Heritage Foundation

Maj. Gen. Amir Drori, who headed the Israel Defense Force Northern Command from 1981-83, has been named a Senior Fellow in foreign military affairs at the Heritage Foundation here.

During his nine months at the Washington thinktank, the 47-year-old Drori will write on small nations warfare and will participate in a number of Heritage Foundation programs, including its military assessment project.

Drori, a native of Tel Aviv, had a distinguished career as a commander of armored and infantry units of the IDF. It was marred when he was named in the Kahan Commission report of February, 1983 among the senior IDF officers cited for various degrees of culpability for not preventing the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps massacres by Christian Phalangists in West Beirut in September, 1982. In Drori’s case, the rebuke was mild and no further action was recommended.

Drori served from 1977-78 as head of the operations branch of the IDF General Staff and is a former head of the training and doctrine branch of the General Staff. A graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he studied archaeology and geography and is a member of the Israel Exploration Society and the Nature Preserve Society.

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