National security has been at the forefront of Israeli life for seven decades, with threats ranging from terrorism, to rocket and missile arsenals, and even existential nuclear dangers. Yet, despite its overwhelming preoccupation with these matters, Israel does not have a formal national security strategy.
Professor Chuck Freilich, a former deputy Israeli national security adviser, will present an authoritative analysis of the military, diplomatic, demographic, and societal challenges Israel faces today. The talk is based on his recently published book, Israeli National Security: a New Strategy for an Era of Change, Oxford Press, 2018, the most comprehensive study to date of Israel’s national security. The book also presents the first ever public proposal for a comprehensive Israeli national security strategy.
Among the many findings Freilich will present, are that Israel is more secure today than ever before, better able to chart its future course, but that a resolution of the Palestinian issue remains its foremost national security objective and that Israel still faces severe military threats, especially Iran. The heart of the new strategy places greater emphasis on “strategic patience”, including restraint, defense, and diplomacy as means of addressing the challenges Israel faces, along with the military capacity to deter and defeat Israel’s adversaries. Particular emphasis is placed on the US-Israeli relationship.