Gideon Sa’ar joined the INSS staff as a Distinguished Senior Fellow in May 2015. Mr. Sa’ar served as Minister of Education and Minister of the Interior in Israel’s two previous governments. Between 2009 and 2013 he was a member of the political-security cabinet; he likewise participated in this forum in 1999 and 2001-2002 in his role as cabinet secretary. Mr. Sa’ar served as a Member of Knesset for twelve years, prior to which he served in various positions directly linked to decision making and the public sector.Mr. Sa’ar’s experience in government and in decision making will be an important contribution to INSS research. His experience will allow a greater understanding of decision making on the political level and the considerations that engage policymakers, particularly regarding national security and internal and education issues, national priorities, and state budget allocations.