Yossi (Joseph) Alpher is a consultant and writer on Israel-related strategic issues and is coeditor, with Ghassan Khatib (former Minister of Planning in the Palestinian Authority), of bitterlemons.org, a web-based Israeli-Palestinian political dialogue magazine; bitterlemons-international.org, a web-based "Middle East roundtable"; and bitterlemons-dialogue.org. He also writes Hard Questions, Tough Answers, a weekly security Q & A available at peacenow.org, and a monthly column, The Strategic Interest, for The Forward. Alpher serves on the executive committee of the Council for Peace and Security.
Alpher served in the Israel Defense Forces as an Intelligence officer, followed by 12 years service in the Mossad. From 1981 to 1995 he was associated with the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, ultimately serving as director of center. From 1995 to 2000 he served as director of the American Jewish Committee's Israel/Middle East Office in Jerusalem. While at the Jaffee Center, Alpher coordinated and coedited the JCSS research project on options for a Palestinian settlement, and produced "The Alpher Plan" for an Israeli-Palestinian territorial settlement. Since 1992 he has coordinated several track II dialogues between Israelis and Arabs. In July 2000 (during the Camp David talks) he served as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel, concentrating on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In 2002 he published And the Wolf Shall Dwell with the Wolf: the Settlers and the Palestinians (HaKibbutz Hameuchad, Hebrew). (Extensive list of publications available upon request.)
He is married to Irene Tamar Alpher. They have three children and four grandchildren. They live in Ramat HaSharon, north of Tel Aviv.