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INSS Annual Conference: Opening remarks

Speakers:

Sir Frank Lowy, Chairman of the Board of Directors, INSS
Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, Executive Director of INSS

Panel | Hostages, Evacuees, and People Under Fire: The Civilian Front Becomes the Combat Front

Host:

Attila Somfalvi, Political Reporter and Commentator

Participants:

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yoel Strick, Former Chief of Ground Forces, Northern Command and Home-Front Command
Moshe Davidovitz, Head of Matte Asher Regional Council and Chairman of Northern Conflict Zone Forum
Col. (res.) Nira Shpak, Former Knesset Member, resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza
Elad Kalimi, Deputy Mayor of Sderot

Panel | Catch-24: The Control of the Gaza Strip After the War

Host:

Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel, Senior Researcher, INSS

Participants:

Dr. Ronit Marzan, Researcher of Palestinian society and politics
Yohanan Tzoreff, Senior Researcher, INSS
Colonel (Ret) Dr. Shaul Arieli, Former Gaza Brigade and Head of the Negotiation Directorate, Head of the 'Tamror' research group at Reichman University

Interview with the Former Head of the Israel Security Agency

Host:

Interview with the Former Head of the Israel Security Agency

Interviewee:

The interview with Nadav Argaman, Former Head of the Israel Security Agency

Panel | Red Flag: The Maritime Challenges for Security and Trade

Host:

Dr. Yoel Guzansky, Senior Researcher, INSS, Non-Resident scholar, Middle East Institute, D.C

Participants:

"RAdm (res.) Yuval Eylon, Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Head of Naval Intelligence, Navy
Galit Cohen, Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection"

The INSS Award Ceremony

Panel | Arab–Jewish Relations in the Context of the War and Toward Ramadan

Host:

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran, Senior Researcher, INSS

Participants:

Prof. Mona Khoury, Vice President of the Hebrew University of Strategy and Diversity
Knesset Member Mansour Abbas, Head of Ra'am Party
Amnon Beeri-Sulitzeanu, Co-CEO, The Abraham Initiatives

Panel | Military, Society, State: Relations of Trust After October 7th

Host:

Roy Sharon, Senior Defense Correspondent, Kan 11

Participants:

Lt. Col. (res.) Knesset Member Moshe (Kinley) Tur-paz, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Chairman of the Reservists Lobby, and Member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
Dr. Idit Shafran Gittleman, Senior Researcher, INSS

Panel | Antisemitism and anti-Israelism: The International Battle for the Narrative

Host:

Shira Ruderman, Executive Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation

Participants:

Eylon Levy, Spokesman for the National Information for Foreign Media
Colonel (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Head of International Law Department of the Military Advocate General
Ruth Cohen-Dar, Director of Department for Combating Antisemitism and Holocaust Remembrance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel

INSS Annual Conference: Concluding Panel

Host:

Ben Yerushalmi, Head Of Conferences, Events and Media Relations Associate, INSS

Participants:

Maj. Gen. (res.) Tamir Hayman, Managing Director, INSS, Former Head of Military Intelligence Directorate, IDF
Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, Executive Director of INSS

Panel | Changes in the Perception of National Security Following October 7

Host:

Dr. Yaron Schneider, Researcher, INSS

Participants:

Ofer Shelah, Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Knesset Member
Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon HaCohen, Former Commander of the Matachli Brigade, Researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
Aliza Bin Noun, Political Director, MFA
Maj. Gen. (res.) Israel Ziv, Former Head of the Operations Division, IDF

Interview with Israel’s Leader of the Opposition Yair Lapid

Host:

Colonel (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Head of International Law Department of the Military Advocate General

Interviewee:

Interview with Israel’s Leader of the Opposition Yair Lapid

The American Initiative

Host:

Ofer Shelah, Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Knesset Member

Interviewee:

Tzipi Livni, Former Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Justice Minister

Panel | Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas: The First Multi-Front War?

Host:

Sima Shine, Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Head of the Research & Evaluation Division of the Mossad

Participants:

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead, Executive Director of The Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at Reichman University
Tamir Pardo, Former Director of the Mossad
Orna Mizrahi, Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Foreign Policy
Prof. Meir Litvak, Director, Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University

The Return of the US to the ME? Interview with Former Director of the CIA

Host:

The Return of the US to the ME? Interview with Former Director of the CIA

Interviewee:

The interview with General David H. Petraeus, Former Director of the CIA, Partner in KKR, and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute

Panel | On the Ground: The Voices of Reservists

Host:

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Ariel Heimann, Senior Researcher, INSS, and Former Chief Reserve Officer, IDF

Participants:

Serg. Maj. (res.) Yonat Daskel Dagan, Combat Paramedic, The Hashem Battalion, the Nahal Brigade
Lt. Col. (res.) Meir Karmi, 71st Battalion, 55th Brigade

Interview with the US Ambassador to Israel

Host:

Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, Executive Director of INSS

Interviewee:

Interview with Amb. Jacob J. Lew

Lt. Gen. (res.) Minister Gadi Eisenkot

Host:

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Ariel Heimann, Senior Researcher, INSS, and Former Chief Reserve Officer, IDF

Interviewee:

Lt. Gen. (res.) Minister Gadi Eisenkot

Panel | Tensions on Campuses: Academia, Antis and the Next Generation of US Leaders

Host:

Lt. Col. (res.) Shahar Eilam, Senior Researcher, INSS

Participants:

Prof. Keren Yarhi-Milo, Dean of the School of Internatinal and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University

פודקאסט עם AWZ בכנס הבינלאומי השנתי של המכון למחקרי ביטחון לאומי (INSS)

ד"ר ירון שניידר, חוקר במכון למחקרי ביטחון לאומי (INSS) מראיין את ירון אשכנזי, מייסד ושותף מנהל של קבוצת ההשקעות הקנדית-ישראלית AWZ

פודקאסט עם איגוד הגז בכנס הבינלאומי השנתי של המכון למחקרי ביטחון לאומי (INSS)

ד"ר אופיר וינטר, חוקר בכיר במכון למחקרי ביטחון לאומי (INSS) מראיין את אמיר פוסטר, מנכ"ל איגוד הגז הטבעי בישראל ויו"ר ועדת האסטרטגיה באיגוד הגז הבינלאומי

פודקאסט עם התעשיה האווירית בכנס הבינלאומי השנתי של המכון למחקרי ביטחון לאומי (INSS)

ד"ר לירן ענתבי, חוקרת בכירה במכון למחקרי ביטחון לאומי (INSS) מראיינת את אל"מ (במיל') עמוס הכהן, ראש מנהל יבשה בתעשיה האווירית

The conference will take place at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, entrance for pre-registered guests only. The conference will be broadcast live on Kan 11 Digital, and on the INSS website.

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About the conference

The INSS 17th Annual International Conference will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. This year the conference agenda will be shaped by Israel’s war with Hamas and other regional conflicts.

 

Many contend that the State of Israel is now weathering the most difficult and complex period it has known since its establishment, both on social and political levels. The massacre of October 7 by Hamas generated profound concerns and essential questions in Israel regarding security strategy in face of the growing threats and the war that is expected to continue for some time. These questions are compounded by their emergence in the immediate aftermath of the social protests that marked the previous nine months, and raised numerous security, economic, and social challenges, all of which demand serious examination and strategic debate.

 

As in previous years, the Annual Conference provides an opportunity for senior figures from Israel, including ministers and other government officials, Members of Knesset, heads of the security establishment, policymakers, strategists, and academics to meet with ambassadors, senior political and military officials, policymakers, and influential figures from abroad. Together they will discuss the leading issues on Israel’s national security agenda during this difficult and challenging period.

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 Participation

Hosted by INSS

Sir Frank Lowy

Sir Frank Lowy

Chairman of the Board of Directors, INSS

Maj. Gen. (res.) Tamir Hayman

Maj. Gen. (res.) Tamir Hayman

Managing Director, INSS, Former Head of Military Intelligence Directorate, IDF

Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg

Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg

Executive Director of INSS

Speakers

Nadav Argaman

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Nadav Argaman

Former Head of the Israel Security Agency

Lt. Gen. (res.) Minister Gadi Eisenkot

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Lt. Gen. (res.) Minister Gadi Eisenkot

21st Chief of Staff of the IDF, Minister in the War Cabinet

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon HaCohen

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Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon HaCohen

Former Commander of the Matachli Brigade, Researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead

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Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead

Executive Director of The Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at Reichman University

Orna Mizrahi

Orna Mizrahi

Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Foreign Policy

Prof. Mona Khoury

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Prof. Mona Khoury

Vice President of the Hebrew University of Strategy and Diversity

RAdm (res.) Yuval Eylon

RAdm (res.) Yuval Eylon

Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Head of Naval Intelligence, Navy

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran

Senior Researcher, INSS

Lt. Col. (res.) Shahar Eilam

Lt. Col. (res.) Shahar Eilam

Senior Researcher, INSS

Lt. Col. (res.) Meir Karmi

Lt. Col. (res.) Meir Karmi

71st Battalion, 55th Brigade

Ben Yerushalmi

Ben Yerushalmi

Head Of Conferences, Events and Media Relations Associate, INSS

Tamir Pardo

Tamir Pardo

Former Director of the Mossad

Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid

Leader of the Opposition and Former Prime Minister

Ofer Shelah

Ofer Shelah

Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Knesset Member

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yoel Strick

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yoel Strick

Former Chief of Ground Forces, Northern Command and Home-Front Command

Shira Ruderman

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Shira Ruderman

Executive Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation

Amnon Beeri-Sulitzeanu

Amnon Beeri-Sulitzeanu

Co-CEO, The Abraham Initiatives

Prof. Meir Litvak

Prof. Meir Litvak

Director, Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

Senior Researcher, INSS

Dr. Idit Shafran Gittleman

Dr. Idit Shafran Gittleman

Senior Researcher, INSS

Mora Deitch

Mora Deitch

Researcher, INSS

Adi Kantor

Adi Kantor

Researcher, INSS

Jacob J. Lew

Jacob J. Lew

US.Ambassador to Israel

Lt. Col. (res.) Knesset Member Moshe (Kinley) Tur-paz

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Lt. Col. (res.) Knesset Member Moshe (Kinley) Tur-paz

Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Chairman of the Reservists Lobby, and Member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

Aliza Bin Noun

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Aliza Bin Noun

Political Director, MFA

Col. (res.) Nira Shpak

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Col. (res.) Nira Shpak

Former Knesset Member, resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza

Eylon Levy

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Eylon Levy

Spokesman for the National Information for Foreign Media

Ruth Cohen-Dar

Ruth Cohen-Dar

Director of Department for Combating Antisemitism and Holocaust Remembrance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Ariel Heimann

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Ariel Heimann

Senior Researcher, INSS, and Former Chief Reserve Officer, IDF

Dr. Carmit Valensi

Dr. Carmit Valensi

Senior Researcher, INSS

Dr. Ronit Marzan

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Dr. Ronit Marzan

Researcher of Palestinian society and politics

Dr. Yaron Schneider

Dr. Yaron Schneider

Researcher, INSS

Dr. Tammy Caner

Dr. Tammy Caner

Researcher, INSS

General David H. Petraeus

General David H. Petraeus

Former Director of the CIA, Partner in KKR, and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute

Knesset Member Mansour Abbas

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Knesset Member Mansour Abbas

Head of Ra'am Party

Tzipi Livni

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Tzipi Livni

Former Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Justice Minister

Sima Shine

Sima Shine

Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Head of the Research & Evaluation Division of the Mossad

Prof. Itamar Rabinovich

Prof. Itamar Rabinovich

Former Israeli Ambassador to the US and Former President of Tel Aviv University

Alon Davidi

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Alon Davidi

Mayor of Sderot, Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Center

Galit Cohen

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Galit Cohen

Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection

Dr. Yoel Guzansky

Dr. Yoel Guzansky

Senior Researcher, INSS, Non-Resident scholar, Middle East Institute, D.C.

Yohanan Tzoreff

Yohanan Tzoreff

Senior Researcher, INSS

Roy Sharon

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Roy Sharon

Senior Defense Correspondent, Kan 11

Yaacov Shabtay

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Yaacov Shabtay

Inspector General Israel Police Commisioner

Brig. Gen. Benny Ben Ari

Brig. Gen. Benny Ben Ari

Chief Reserve Officer, IDF

Maj. Gen. (res.) Israel Ziv

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Maj. Gen. (res.) Israel Ziv

Former Head of the Operations Division, IDF

Moshe Davidovitz

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Moshe Davidovitz

Head of Matte Asher Regional Council and Chairman of Northern Conflict Zone Forum

Colonel (Ret) Dr. Shaul Arieli

Colonel (Ret) Dr. Shaul Arieli

Former Gaza Brigade and Head of the Negotiation Directorate, Head of the 'Tamror' research group at Reichman University

Elad Kalimi

Elad Kalimi

Deputy Mayor of Sderot

Colonel (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch

Colonel (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch

Senior Researcher, INSS, Former Head of International Law Department of the Military Advocate General

Prof. Keren Yarhi-Milo

Prof. Keren Yarhi-Milo

Dean of the School of Internatinal and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University

Attila Somfalvi

Attila Somfalvi

Political Reporter and Commentator

Serg. Maj. (res.) Yonat Daskel Dagan

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Serg. Maj. (res.) Yonat Daskel Dagan

Combat Paramedic, The Hashem Battalion, the Nahal Brigade

On a personal note

The war in Gaza obligates all of us to engage in serious soul searching and take stock of our actions. This is certainly true for the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), as the war has shaken one of the foundations of our existence in Israel, namely, security. It will likely take some time for the State of Israel to succeed in restoring its sense of security as well as its actual security, and to construct a new security concept that will guarantee our strength in the future.

 

Consequently, we deliberated whether and how it would be appropriate to hold the INSS Annual Conference, which over the past 17 years has become a venue for meetings and fruitful debates among political decision makers, heads of the security establishment, diplomats, strategists, and policy experts from Israel and abroad about issues that lie at the heart of Israel’s national security agenda. We feel that precisely at a time like this, there is an acute need to probe the many issues that the war has brought to the fore, and in an open debate attempt to glean insights that will help build sound security, political, and societal policies for the future. Therefore, we decided to hold the conference on March 7, 2024, exactly five months after the start of the war, in the hope that by then we may have a better perspective on what happened, on the developments that took place since, and the necessary steps for the future.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the conference, and invite you to be a partner in this important analytical process.

 

Best wishes,

Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg

Executive Director, INSS

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