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Elliot Chodoff and Yisrael Ne'eman founded Hamartzim Educational Services in 1989, providing seminar, lecture and guiding services throughout Israel. Both have many years of experience teaching and analyzing the Mideast "situation" and presenting it in a comprehensible fashion to the novice and veteran alike.  Nir Boms joined the Mideast: On Target team in April, 2004.

Their clients have included: 

  • University of Haifa

  • Livnot U'lehibanot

  • WUJS Graduate Institute

  • UJC- United Jewish Communities

  • Council of Jewish Federations

  • Bnai B'rith Canada

  • IDF Educational Corps

  • Technion

  • Tel Aviv University


  • Givat Haviva Institute for Jewish-Arab Relations

  • Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies

  • Jewish Agency - Leadership Development Branch

  • Hamagshimim of Hadassah

  • AIPAC - American Israel Public Affairs Committee

  • Emunah Women of America

  • Oren Kibbutz Institute Program

  • Hasbara Fellowships




Elliot P. Chodoff






Elliot Chodoff is a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terror.

He has presented and published papers on the subjects of Deterrence and US Military Manpower Policy, Cultural Relativism and Nuclear Deterrence in the Middle East, and Israel's Changing Defense Posture Following the Invasion of Lebanon.  His paper on Combat Motivation in Infantry Units is on the recommended reading list of the US Army War College.  His articles have recently appeared in the National Post of Canada and Front Page Magazine, and numerous other e-journals and web sites. 

Elliot moved to Israel in 1983, and was inducted into the IDF in 1984. He is an expert in infantry weapons and tactics, and he teaches courses in field craft and small unit tactics to infantry and paratroop officers.  A major in the reserves, he is a graduate of the Home Front Command Senior Commanders Course and presently serves as the Population Behavior Officer for the Northern Region of Israel.

Elliot is a graduate of the Ramaz School in New York.  He received a BA with honors in Sociology as well as a BS in Biological Sciences from SUNY at Stony Brook and an MA in Sociology from The University of Chicago.  He is currently writing a PhD dissertation in Political Science at the University of Haifa on the strategies of Palestinian terrorist organizations. His specialties include military, political, and organizational sociology, international terrorism, social change and conflict.

While in Chicago, Elliot was Director of the Speakers Bureau for the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, and was a featured lecturer. Today he is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Haifa.  An educator for over 25 years, Elliot has lectured to a wide range of audiences and programs in Israel and abroad.  He teaches and lectures on the topics of the Middle East Conflict, Terrorism, the Military Aspects of International Conflict, Sociology of Modern Israel and Zionism. 

He and his wife Beth are founding members of Eshchar, a community village in the Galilee, where they reside with their four children. A licensed tour guide, he also leads educational tours throughout Israel.


Yisrael Ne'eman

Yisrael Ne'eman is an historian.  He received a BA in History from Rutgers University and an MA in Modern Jewish History at the University of Haifa.  His areas of specialization include the Middle East Conflict, the Holocaust, Diaspora Jewish History, Arab and Jewish nationalism, and Zionist Ideologies.

He has been a lecturer at the University of Haifa since 1991, he is a licensed tour guide, and has taught in and led educational programs throughout Israel.

Yisrael moved to Israel in 1977 and served in the IDF as a combat medic from 1978 to 1980.  As a reservist he saw extensive duty in Lebanon in the 1980's where he was the senior NCO of a battalion aid/evacuation station.

Yisrael, his wife Susan and their four children are residents of Eshchar Community Village in the Galilee. Yisrael served as chairman of the Local Council there for a period of five years.


 Nir Boms

Nir Boms is a senior fellow at the Council for Democracy and Tolerance and a contributing editor for National Review Online. Until recently, he served as the Vice President and Program Director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), with which he still affiliates as a research fellow.

Prior to his tenure at FDD, Mr. Boms held a position at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC as the Academic Liaison, serving as an educator, specialist and guest lecturer on Israeli and Middle Eastern affairs.

He is a contributing writer to the Israeli newspapers Haíaretz and Yediot Achronot, and his articles appear regularly in The Jerusalem Post, The National Review, Front Page Magazine, The Asia Times, The Washington Times, The National Interests and Pakistan Today, among others.  

Mr. Boms has extensive educational and outreach experience working in Israel, the United States and Europe. During the course of his career, he has taught and lectured in England, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and the United States on issues relating to the Middle East, terrorism and Islam and Democracy. He speaks three languages.

Mr. Boms holds two Masterís degrees in the fields of Political Science and Judaic Studies from the University of Maryland, as well as a Bachelorís degree in Education and Political Science and a Diploma in Informal Education from the University of Haifa.  Mr. Boms served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a communication officer and holds the rank of Lieutenant.

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