Anat Berko

Anat Berko
Date of birth (1960-01-14) 14 January 1960
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2015– Likud

Anat Berko (Hebrew: ענת ברקו, born 14 January 1960) is an Israeli criminologist and politician. She is an expert in the fields of counter-terrorism.


Berko was born in Jerusalem to Jewish parents who had immigrated to Israel from Iraq, and was the second of six children.[1] After completing her national service, she remained in the Israel Defense Forces, serving for a total of 25 years and reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.[1] She studied psychology, sociology and criminology at Bar-Ilan University and holds a PhD in criminology, her doctorate thesis was about suicide bombers with emphasis on female and child Palestinian suicide bombers. She became a lecturer at the Lauder School of Government of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and served as a visiting professor at George Washington University.[2] Nowadays she is a research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and lectures at Israel's National Defense College.[3] Her research area includes suicide bombings, and she interviewed Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin.[1]

Prior to the 2015 Knesset elections she was placed 23rd on the Likud list,[4] a slot reserved for a candidate chosen by Binyamin Netanyahu.[5] She was elected to the Knesset as Likud won 30 seats.[6]

Berko is married to Reuven, an expert on Arab affairs, and has three children.[3]



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