Via Jack Sasson this brilliant news-
The Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University is proud to announce that its esteemed and distinguished colleague, Professor Israel Finkelstein, has been elected a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Professor Finkelstein is the Jacob M. Alkow Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze Age and Iron Ages at Tel Aviv University and is also the co-director of excavations at Megiddo in northern Israel. He served as Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University from 1996–2002. In 2005 he received the Dan David Prize. In 2014 he was one of only 50 people in the world to be awarded the prestigious “Correspondants étrangers” by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in France. The distinction is accorded to scholars of non-French nationality who are distinguished by their research and writings. The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, chartered by law in 1961, consists of approximately 100 of the country’s most distinguished scientists and scholars, who monitor and promote Israeli intellectual excellence, advise the government on scientific planning, fund and publish research of lasting merit, and maintain active contact with the broader international scientific and scholarly community.
Congratulations, Israel. We’re all very proud.