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About Mitchell Barak Mitchell Barak is the founder of KEEVOON Research Strategy and Communications, a leading research and political communications firm based in Israel. Called “one of Israel’s savviest pollsters” by The Washington Times, Mitchell is pioneering the survey research field in Israel by introducing instant response technology into Israeli focus groups. In the past he has collaborated with U.S. political consultants Dr. Frank Luntz and Arthur Finkelstein, conducting both focus groups and benchmark surveys. He has survey research experience in a variety of countries and languages. KEEVOON’s surveys or opinions have been widely quoted in many of the leading media outlets including TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, FOX News, FOX News Special Report, The Telegraph, MSNBC, CNN, LA Times, POLITICO, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Independent, The Weekly Standard, NPR Radio, Christian Science Monitor, BILD, Forward, JTA, UPI, VOA, UPI and Al Jazeera. In Israel their surveys have been quoted by all of the major print and television media. (For all news items.) Mitchell has also held a number of appointed positions within the Israeli government. Most recently he was the international media adviser for Israeli President Shimon Peres. In the past he served as a speechwriter for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and was an adviser to Ministers of Finance Yaakov Neeman and Dan Meridor. Additionally, he worked as an aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office during the tenure of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. He created the first exit poll of the 2008 Presidential Election, which was a survey of American voters in Israel and was widely quoted. A New York native, Mitchell holds a BA degree in Political Science and Psychology from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Date Recorded: 10/1/2012
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