Israeli diplomat to speak at AIPAC dinner

Tal Becker

Tal Becker, the principal deputy legal advisor at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be the featured speaker at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Tucson annual dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Becker is also a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a member of its iEngage Project, whose goal is to create a new narrative about the significance of Israel to Jewish life worldwide. From 2010 to 2012 he was senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 2006 to 2009 he served as a senior policy advisor to Israel’s minister of foreign affairs and was a lead negotiator in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in Annapolis, Md. Becker was director of the international law department at the Israel Foreign Ministry and has been an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces.

In addition, Becker served as counsel to Israel’s U.N. mission and in 2003 was elected vice chairman of the U.N. General Assembly’s legal committee, the first Israeli to serve in such a high-level U.N. post in more than 40 years.

Becker holds a doctorate from Columbia University. His most recent book, “Terrorism and the State: Rethinking the Rules of State Responsibility” (2006), was the recipient of the Guggenheim Prize for best international law book.

Diana Stein Judovits, AIPAC’s deputy director for the Southern Pacific Region will also speak at the event, which begins at 5 p.m.

The dinner is $36 per person. For venue information, or to register, call 903-1004 by Jan. 22.