Einat Wilf

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Einat Wilf
Faction represented in the Knesset
2010–2011Labor Party
Personal details
Born (1970-12-11) 11 December 1970 (age 51)
Jerusalem, Israel

Einat Wilf (Hebrew: עינת וילף, born 11 December 1970) is a former Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Independence and the Labor Party.[1][2]


Einat Wilf was born in Jerusalem and raised in a Labor Zionist family. She studied at the Hebrew University Secondary School. She completed her military service as an Intelligence Officer in Unit 8200[3] with the rank of Lieutenant.[4] She then went to Harvard University, receiving a BA in government and fine arts, before earning an MBA from INSEAD in France, and subsequently a PhD in political science at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

Wilf married German journalist and television personality Richard Gutjahr in 2007. She gave birth to their son in 2010.[5]

Wilf describes herself as a Zionist, a feminist and an atheist.[6]

Political and business career[edit]

Wilf served as a Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres,[7] a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company[8] in New York City and a General Partner with Koor Corporate Venture Capital in Israel. Upon her return to Israel Wilf worked as a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute and a weekly columnist for the daily newspaper Israel HaYom. Wilf also taught social entrepreneurship at Sapir College, as well as a frequent guest on Israeli radio and television talk shows and a member of the President's Conference Steering Committee.

In 2007, she ran for the presidency of the World Jewish Congress.[9] However, she withdrew before the actual vote, and Ronald Lauder was elected president.

A member of the Israeli Labor Party, Wilf was placed 39th on the party's list for the 2003 elections, but failed to win a seat.[10] She won fourteenth place on the party's list for the 2009 Knesset elections. Although Labor won only 13 seats, Wilf entered the Knesset on 10 January 2010 as a replacement for Ophir Pines-Paz,[11] who had retired from politics.[12] However, in January 2011 she was one of five MKs to leave the party to establish the new Independence party under the leadership of Ehud Barak.[13] She lost her Knesset seat in January 2013 when the party chose not to contest the elections.

Published works[edit]

  • My Israel, Our Generation, BookSurge Publishing (2007), ISBN 1-4196-5913-8
  • Back to Basics: The Road to Saving Israel's Education (at no extra cost), Yedioth Ahronot (April 2008)
  • Global actors and global politics : the case of the World Jewish Congress campaign against the Swiss Banks (thesis, Cambridge 2008) Cambridge, UK.
  • Symposium on Rabin's legacy, Fathom, Autumn 2015
  • Winning the War of Words: Essays on Zionism and Israel, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 3, 2015), ISBN 978-1515072973
  • Perry Anderson's House of Zion: A Symposium, Fathom, Spring 2016
  • Telling Our Story: Essays on Zionism, the Middle East, and the Path to Peace, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 19, 2018), ISBN 978-1515072973
  • The War of Return, Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir (2018), ISBN 978-9-655-66700-4


  1. ^ "When It Comes to Defending Israel, Eloquent Explanations Aren't Enough". mosaicmagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  2. ^ "Einat Wilf | The Harry Walker Agency". Harry Walker Agency. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  3. ^ "Think About It: Parliamentary oversight of foreign policy". The Jerusalem Post. August 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "Knesset Member, Einat Wilf". Knesset.
  5. ^ Hoffman, Gil (13 December 2010). "Labor MK Einat Wilf gives birth to baby boy". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  6. ^ Wilf, Einat (2 April 2012). "Zionism: The Only Way Forward". The Daily Beast.
  7. ^ "On working with Shimon Peres". Dr. Einat Wilf. 4 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Einat Wilf". The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
  9. ^ "Young reformer sets sights on making WJC more inclusive". The Jerusalem Post. May 30, 2007.
  10. ^ "Candidates for the 16th Knesset". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jan 9, 2003.
  11. ^ "Knesset Members in the Eighteenth Knesset". Knesset.
  12. ^ "Labor Stalwart Ophir Pines-Paz Leaves Knesset, Party and Politics". Haaretz. January 8, 2010.
  13. ^ "Ehud Barak quits Israel's Labour Party". BBC News. 17 January 2011.

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