THE PROGRAM

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last update: 27/01/2019

Strategic Assessment for Israel

The INSS 12th Annual International Conference

 

The INSS 12th annual international conference will address the web of challenges and opportunities Israel faces at the start of 2019. As in previous years, we will choose strategic issues from the different spheres – domestic, regional, and international – that make up Israel's strategic reality, and examine these individually and in context of one another.

Continuing a trend from our previous conferences, we will approach Israel’s national security priorities critically from a variety of perspectives. 

On the domestic level, we will look at processes and developments linked closely to Israeli democracy – and possible challenges to that democracy – as a critical keystone in the vision and future of the State of Israel. We will consider the link between internal cohesion in Israeli society vis-à-vis values and norms and Israel's resilience over time. The offshoots of these issues will also be considered, for example, relations with American Jewry, andtechnological aspects of Israeli economic robustness.

  

The Palestinian issue is a core issue with a perceptible effect on the State of Israel's identity and its international stature. Israel sees the Palestinian theater as secondary to the northern arena, and continues to pursue a policy of conflict management. Against this background, the events of the past year in the Gaza Strip and the West Bankinvite a serious debate as to whether it is advisable to change the reality of the conflict and what alternatives are on the table. The strategic framework published by INSS in late 2018 will serve as a basis for discussion and be compared to other existing proposals, as considered in the context of the forthcoming plan by United States President Donald Trump.

 

The regional dimension will also receive comprehensive attention. The ongoingchanges in the northern arena and the challenges to Israel posed by Iran's conduct in the region with its entrenchment in Syria and the returning spotlight on Lebanoninvite in-depth discussion on two levels. The first is a sketch of the situation in Syria in light of Russian, American, and Turkish intervention, Iranian dominance, and regional interests. The second is Israeli policy vis-à-vis this reality, with an emphasis on operational doctrines for the campaign between wars and their degree of success over time and future relevance. Additional regional topics, such as the dramatic changes in the Gulf, possible shifts in the attitudes toward Israel and the implications of these shifts, and the current discourse in the Arab world will complete this picture.

 

The broader framework will encompass the international dimension, specifically the processes in the global system in the era of President Trump and his changes to the rules of the game, among them international relations between the United States, Russia, and China. The American element will figure in most discussions, being a central component of Israel's national security. Along with the US withdrawal from Syria and the forthcoming solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the nuclear deal with Iran will be of major focus, as well as Washington's policies towards the Middle East in general.  

In the background of these issues is the phenomenon that President Trump heralds and embodies: the perceptible gap between image and reality. Terms such as "fake news" and "post truth" will be examined in an attempt to understand what underlies those phrases, and their implications for policy management and the response to national security challenges.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019

08:30   Doors Open

09:30   ‬Opening Remarks

             Mr. Ami Katz, CEO of MUSA Eretz Israel Museum

09:40   Panel Discussion: ARE WE HEADING TOWARD THE GULF?

             Moderator: Dr. Yoel Guzansky

             Amb. Gerald Feierstein | Amb. Dr. Dore Gold | Amb. Dr. Martin Indyk

10:40   Panel Discussion: THE ARAB SECTOR IN ISRAEL: THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN AND THE NATION STATE LAW

             Moderator: Ms. Keren Marciano

             Ms. Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya | Mr. Aiman Saif | Mr. Khader Sawaed | Prof. Mohammad Watad

11:40   INSS NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC OPINION POLL: LATEST FINDINGS

             Dr. Zipi Israeli

12:10    Lunch

13:10   CYBER SECURITY – SIMULATION, WAR GAME

             Moderator: Dr. Col. (res.) Gabi Siboni

             Adv. Véronique Favreau | Ms. Hadas Klein | Dr. Amir Schreiber | Mr. M. V. Sheshadri | Mr. Avner Ziv

14:20   Head of the Jewish Agency, Mr. Isaac Herzog

14:40   Panel Discussion: THE GAPS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND AMERICAN JEWRY: CAUSE FOR CONCERN?

             Lt. Col. (res.) Shahar Eilam

             Moderator: Amb. Daniel B. Shapir

             Ms. Jane Eisner | Mr. Jonathan Greenblatt | Ms. Shira Ruderman

15:30   Panel Discussion: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO TRUMP

             Moderator: Amb. Dr. Oded Eran

             ECONOMIC DEBATE: Prof. Stanley Fischer | Prof. François Heisbourg

             POLITICAL DEBATE: The Hon. Jane Harman | Prof. Igor Yurgens
             M.E. SECURITY DEBATE: Gen. (ret.) David H. Petraeus | Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin

17:05   PRESENTING THE INSS PLAN

             Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

17:15   Panel Discussion: BETWEEN THE INSS PLAN AND THE TRUMP PLAN

             Moderator: Dr. Kobi Michael
             Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel | The Hon. Philip Gordon | Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michael Herzog | Mr. David Makovsky

17:55   TALKING WITH HEADS OF POLITICAL PARTIES

             Interviewer: Ms. Dana Weiss

             MK Tzipi Livni, Hatnua

             MK Tamar Zandberg, Meret

             Minister of Education, MK Naftali Bennett, New Right party

18:55   Panel Discussion: THE EISENKOT DOCTRINE

             Moderator: Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Deke

             Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon | Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amir Eshel | Brig. Gen. (res.) Yoram Hamo

19:45   The President of Israel, His Excellency Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin

20:05   Closing Remarks

20:10   Closed reception - by invitation only

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2019

08:30   Doors Open

09:25   ‬DANGERS TO DEMOCRACY AND GROWING EXTREMISM IN THE INFORMATION AGE

             Prof. Haim Harari

09:45   Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Esther Hayut

10:15   Panel Discussion: IS ISRAELI DEMOCRACY IN DANGER?

             Moderator: Adv. Col. (ret.) Pnina Sharvit Baruch

             Dr. Aviad Bakshi | Dr. Yehuda Ben Meir | Ms. Sara Ha'etzni-Cohen | Prof. Suzi Navot | Ms. Liat Schlezinger                 Prof. Alexander Yakobson | Mr. Ben-Dror Yemini

11:30   Panel Discussion: IRAN AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

             Moderator: Ms. Sima Shine

             Mr. David Albright | Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead | Mr. Etienne de Gonneville | Mr. Norman Roule |

             Prof. Igor Yurgens

12:30    STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT 2019

             Interviewer: Mr. Amos Harel

             Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin

12:50   Lunch

13:45   Panel Discussion: SYRIA 2011 VS. 2019

             Moderator: Dr. Carmit Valensi

             Mr. Ram Ben Barak | Ms. Anna Borshchevskaya | Mr. Philip Smyth | Prof. Eyal Zisser

14:45   Conversation between Mr. Noam Manella and IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis

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15:05   Panel Discussion: BATTLE FOR MINDS IN A DIGITAL WORLD

             Moderator: Mr. Noam Manella

             Dr. Elizabeth Bodine-Baron | Prof. Karine Nahon | Mr. Noam Rotem | Mr. David Siman-Tov

16:05   THE LIPKIN-SHAHAK PROGRAM: NATIONAL SECURITY IN A POST TRUTH ERA

             Brig. Gen. (ret.) Itai Brun

16:20   Panel Discussion: THE ARAB WORLD: WHAT THEY SEE VS. WHAT WE SEE

             Moderator: Dr. Sarah Feuer
             Dr. Dalia Fadila | Dr. Elham Manea | Ms. Orit Perlov | Prof. Uriya Shavit | Dr. Abdullah Swalha

17:30   TALKING WITH HEADS OF POLITICAL PARTIES

             Interviewer: Ms. Dafna Liel

             Mr. Avi Gabbay, Labor Party

             Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Ya'alon, Telem

             MK Avigdor Liberman, Yisrael Beiteinu

             MK Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid

18:50   THE NEXT GENERATION OF POLITICAL LEADERS

             Moderator: Ms. Kim Lavi

             Mr. Yonatan Dubov, Young Bayit Yehudi | Ms. Bar Gissin, Young Meretz |

             Mr. Tomer Pines, Young Labor party | Mr. David Shian, Young Likud | Mr. Yorai Lahav hertzanu, Young Yesh Atid

19:35   Closing Remarks

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