A native of Haifa, Menahem Milson is professor emeritus of Arabic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, co-founder and academic adviser of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), and author of the new online Arabic-Hebrew dictionary. His books include Najib Mahfuz: The Novelist-Philosopher of Cairo, a study of Egypt’s Nobel laureate in literature.
A former paratrooper and intelligence officer in the Israel Defense Forces with the rank of colonel, Milson served as adviser on Arab affairs to the Israeli military government in the West Bank and Gaza (1976-78) and was aide-de-camp to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt during the latter’s historic visit to Jerusalem in November 1977. In 1981-82, he headed the civil administration of Judea and Samaria.
Just after the Six-Day War, an Israeli professor met and took notes on his discussions with Palestinian intellectuals. They reveal as much about now as about then.