Einat Wilf

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Einat Wilf
Date of birth (1970-12-11) 11 December 1970 (age 48)
Place of birthJerusalem
Faction represented in Knesset
2010–2011Labor Party

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. Today she is one of Israel's leading public intellectuals.

Early life[edit]

Einat Wilf was born in Jerusalem. She studied at the Hebrew University Secondary School. During her national service in the Israel Defense Forces she was an Intelligence Officer in Unit 8200 and reached the rank of lieutenant. 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.

She completed her military service as an Intelligence Officer in Unit 8200[1] with the rank of Lieutenant.[2]

Political and business career[edit]

Wilf served as a Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres,[3] a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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,[7] who had retired from politics.[8] 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.[9] She lost her Knesset seat in January 2013 when the party chose not to contest the elections.

Personal life[edit]

Wilf was married to German journalist and television personality Richard Gutjahr. She gave birth to their son in 2010.[10]

Wilf describes herself as a Zionist and an atheist.[11]

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. ^ "Think About It: Parliamentary oversight of foreign policy". The Jerusalem Post. August 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Knesset Member, Einat Wilf". Knesset.
  3. ^ "On working with Shimon Peres". Dr. Einat Wilf. 4 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Einat Wilf". The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
  5. ^ "Young reformer sets sights on making WJC more inclusive". The Jerusalem Post. May 30, 2007.
  6. ^ "Candidates for the 16th Knesset". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jan 9, 2003.
  7. ^ "Knesset Members in the Eighteenth Knesset". Knesset.
  8. ^ "Labor Stalwart Ophir Pines-Paz Leaves Knesset, Party and Politics". Haaretz. January 8, 2010.
  9. ^ "Ehud Barak quits Israel's Labour Party". BBC News. 17 January 2011.
  10. ^ Hoffman, Gil (13 December 2010). "Labor MK Einat Wilf gives birth to baby boy". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  11. ^ Wilf, Einat (2 April 2012). "Zionism: The Only Way Forward". The Daily Beast.

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