ATbar Kalo, Avi (ADV., Lt. Col. Res.)

Kalo, Avi (ADV., Lt. Col. Res.)

Fellow, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) & Former Head, Department of MIA&POW, IDF Intelligence Branch

Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Adv. Avi kalo, is an Associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), IDC Herzliya. He has retired recently from the IDF after more than 23 years at the core of collection, operation and Analysis hub at the Israeli Intelligence Community in numerous management and command positions. Adv. Kalo is a Legal Counter-terrorism expert and negotiation and Crisis Management specialist with over 15 years of experience at consulting in Conflict resolution.    

In his late position as Head of MIA (Missing in Action) and POW (Prisoner of War) Department, Ltc. (res.) Kalo was initiating and leading the Historic, highly complicated Operation to locate and repatriate the remains of SSG Zachary Baumel, Missing IDF soldier from the Sultan Yaakob Battle (1982).

Due to his skills and unique knowledge, Adv. Kalo was heading National negotiating MIA Team vis-à-vis Hamas, working closely as Deputy to PM's Coordinator for MIA. Also, Adv. Kalo was acting as Legal Pivot at this sensitive Campaign in Israel and abroad. Prior, Adv. Kalo was involved in numerous successful high-profile hostage negotiations (2000-2008) confronting Hizbullah.

Adv. Kalo holds knowledge and practical know-how in International Law, due to his service as Legal Advisor to the IDF Southern Command and to the Military Intelligence Branch. He is a former Member at prestigious International Law Department at the IDF Military Judge Advocate Command (JAG). as such, Adv. Kalo has set the methodology and practice legal Advising at War times during Operation "Cast Lead" (2009) for the first time at IDF history. In addition, he is one of the pioneers in establishing Multi-national Counter-Terrorism Law apparatus, in collaboration with relevant agencies at the U.S and Europe.

Nowadays and follow his service, Adv. Kalo leads the Defense consulting and research department at the Israeli Brach of the American growth consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan.  

Avi holds a bachelor degree in Law (LLB) from IDC and Master degree in Law (LLM, Cum Laude) from Berkeley University in collaboration with Tel Aviv University. Avi has graduated MBA Executive degree (Recanati Program) from Tel Aviv University.


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The Escape from Kabul


Ismail Haniya, one of Hamas’ prominent leaders, called the Taliban leadership to congratulate it for the “heroic victory” over the US as well as for the rapid withdrawal of the US troops and the Taliban takeover of the disintegrating Afghan military strongholds. There is no surprise of course by this manifestation of Hama’s support of the Taliban. The deep religious pan-Islamic connection between both organizations isn’t new and expresses another expression of shared values and unwavering jihadist ideologic identity.

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One-way back home: prisoners’ deal-exchange


As Operation “Guardian of the Walls” draws to an end one can hear among former security officials and on the airwaves that Israel must act to promote a prisoner exchange in accordance with the practice that at the of a military campaign each party releases the other party’s soldiers and civilians that it captured. Additional argument heard was that framework of such transaction must be in a manner similar to prior prisoner exchange deals Israel was a party to with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria (e.g. Yom Kippur War, the War of Attrition, the Six Days War, etc.).

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