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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.