Meyrav Wurmser

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Dr. Meyrav Wurmser is the Director and Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. She is married to David Wurmser. Like her husband, she is considered to be a "neo-con" (neo-conservative). "Dr. Wurmser's Ph.D. thesis was on the ideas that informed the Revisionist/Herut/Likud party, from Jabotinsky through Begin to Yitzhak Shamir." [1]


The following information comes from the Hudson Institute web pages:[2]

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle East
  • Israeli and Palestinian politics

Biographical Highlights

"Dr. Meyrav Wurmser, the former Executive Director of the MEMRI: Middle East Media Research Institute, is a leading scholar of the Arab world. Through her work at MEMRI, Wurmser helped to educate policymakers about the Palestinian Authority two-track approach to 'negotiating peace' with Israel: calling for peace in the English press and with Western policymakers while inciting hatred and violence through official Arab language media. A recent BBC documentary noted that whereas almost every other Western and Israeli observer allowed their hopes for peace to cloud their judgment of the Oslo process, Wurmser's acute knowledge of the Palestinian Authority's tactics led her to realize that the Oslo process was doomed to failure from the outset."

Publications and Media Exposure

"Dr. Wurmser is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and a frequent guest on radio and television, including BBC, Fox News, CNN, PBS and CNBC. Wurmser has written numerous books and monographs on Israel, the Arab world, and Zionism. Her most recent book is The Schools of Ba'athism--a Study of Syrian Schoolbooks (Washington, D.C., MEMRI, 2000). Wurmser, who has taught political science at the Johns Hopkins University and the United States Naval Academy, has published articles in such publications as the Weekly Standard, the Middle East Quarterly, the Washington Times, the Middle East Journal and Middle East Insight."

Wurmser is also listed as an expert for the Ariel Center for Policy Research (ACPR).

From the MEMRI website we find: "Her article, Can Israel Survive Post-Zionism? was the lead article in the March 1999 issue of Middle East Quarterly."

Additional Info

From 1998 to 2001, Meyrav was a co-founding member and Executive Director of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)with Colonel Yigal Carmon, formerly of Israeli military intelligence. The Institute specializes in the translation and distribution of articles which show Arabs in a "bad light." Left wing Israeli intellectuals, whom she regards as "a threat to Israel", also draw her ire.[3]

Public relations for Wurmser is handled by Benador Associates.[4]

In 1996, Wurmser was a member of the Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000.


For further information, see relevant Neocon Europe page Meyrav Wurmser