Clifford Smith, Oren Litwin, and MK Oded Forer

Clifford Smith, Director of the Middle East Forum’s Washington Project

Cliff Smith is MEF’s liaison to decision makers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. from Washington State University, an M.P.P. with a focus on international relations from Pepperdine University, and a law degree from the Catholic University of America. He is a member of the Maryland Bar. An experienced political operative, he is the veteran of numerous campaigns and has held several positions in Congress, most recently communications director for U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer.

Oren Litwin, Senior Islamist Watch Research Fellow at the Middle East Forum

Oren Litwin is a research fellow for MEF’s Islamist Watch and does extensive research for the Forum’s Islamist Money in Politics project. He is also an associate fellow for the R Street Institute and has previously served as the political risk fellow for the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and as an adjunct professor of political science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.

MK Oded Forer, Member of the Israeli Knesset

Oded Forer is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu. Prior to his time in the Knesset, MK Forer enlisted in the Navy, completed naval officers course, and served in a variety of command positions. In the 20th Knesset, Oded Forer is a member of the Finance Committee; the Education, Culture and Sports Committee; and the Special Committee to Discuss the Motion for the Agenda on Difficulties in Reforming the Civil Service. Forer chairs the Lobby for the Promotion of Trade in Israel and Overseas and is member of the Lobby for Relations between Israel and African Countries, the Lobby for the Promotion of the Rights of Druze and Circassians in Israel, and more.

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