On Tuesday, Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, east of Tel Aviv, will honor former director Efraim Halevy of the Mossad intelligence agency with an honorary doctorate. The school said it was awarding the degree to Halevy "for dedicating his life to the security of Israel and its inhabitants. As head of the Mossad, Halevy acted to thwart threats to Israel and to bring Jews from enemy states," referring to his efforts to bring Ethiopian Jews through Sudan, among other efforts.
Halevy also served as an ambassador to the European Union and was decorated by King Abdullah II of Jordan for his efforts in bringing about diplomatic relations between Jordan and Israel. Born in London in 1934, he is the great-grandson of Rabbi Chaim Berlin, the older brother of Rabbi Meir Bar-Ilan for whom the university is named.