Conference Program

Conference Schedule 

Sunday, December 16, 2001 

17:00     Reception  

18:00 Opening Session: Transforming the National Agenda  

Chair: Dr. Uzi Arad, Conference Chair, and Director, Institute of Policy and Strategy, Lauder School of Government, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 

Greetings: Prof. Uriel Reichman, President, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 

Mr. Avraham Biger, Deputy Chair, Caesarea Baron Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation 

Prof. Ehud Sprinzak, Dean, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya  

Address of the President of Israel – Mr. Moshe Katsav 

The Record of the Balance – Brig. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilboa 

A Strategic Look at International Relations, Israel, and the Jewish People – Mr. David Harris, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee 

The New Strategic Landscape – Mr. Ephraim Halevy, Head of the Mossad 


19:30 Dinner and Lighting of Hanukkah Candles 

Chair: Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Amit, Chair, Center for Special Studies 

Lighting of the Eighth Hanukkah Candle – 

 Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Yaron, Director-General, Ministry of Defense  

Suzanne and Max Singer  

Ms. Rita Abramov 


Musical Interlude  


The International System in the Aftermath of September 11 – Mr. James Woolsey, Former Director, CIA  



Monday, December 17, 2001 

08:30 – 10:30 Second Session: The International System and its Challenges 

Chair: Prof. Ehud Sprinzak, Dean, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 


Defense Policy in the Face of Change in the International System – Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan, Head of the National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Office 

The Coming of the Global Leviathan –   Prof. Yehezkel Dror, Department of Political Science, Hebrew University 


Future Architectures for Israel’s Foreign Relations Task Force Report – MK Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs 



Opened by: Prof. Avishay Braverman, President, Ben-Gurion University 


11:00 – 13:00 Third Session: The Balance and Future of the Peace Process 

Chair: Avi Gil, Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 


The Balance Sheet of the Peace Process – MK Dan Meridor, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office 

Unilateral Disengagement – A Comparative Analysis – Prof. Yael Tamir, Tel Aviv University 

The Future of the Arab-Jewish Conflict – Dr. Itzhak Ravid, Center for Military Research, Rafael 



Opened by: Brig. Gen. (Res.) Effi Eitam; Prof. Arnon Sofer, Haifa University 


13:00 Lunch 

Chair: Mr. Felix Posen 

The Security Dimension in a Policy of the Jewish People – Mr. Sallai Meridor, Chair, The Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization 


14:30 – 16:00 Fourth Session: The Jewish World and National Strength 

Chair: Prof. Moshe Kaveh, President, Bar-Ilan University 

The Strengthening of the Post-Soviet Jewish Community and its Connection with Israel – MK Natan Sharansky, Minister of Housing and Construction 

The Jewish People as a Strategic AssetTask Force Report – Prof. Art Naparstek, Director, Overseas and Israel Pillar, United Jewish Communities of North America 



Opened by: Brig. Gen. (Res.) Israela Oron, Deputy Head, National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Office; Prof. David Harman, CEO, Teachlink. 


16:30 – 18:30 Fifth Session: The Media Environment and its Implications 

Chair: Mr. Shabtai Shavit, Former Head of the Mossad 

Media and Policy in the Global Space – Prof. Yirmiyahu Yovel, Department of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the New School of Social Research, New York 

Target Audiences, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy - A Marketing Perspective – Prof. Jerry Wind, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 

Information Policy in the Information AgeTask Force Report – Mr. Nachman Shai, Chair of the Council, Israel Broadcasting Authority 



Opened by: MK Rabbi Michael Melchior, Deputy Foreign Minister; Mr. Gideon Saar, Cabinet Secretary 


18:45 – Ms. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor to the President of the United States (live via satellite) 


19:30 Dinner  

Greetings: Mr. Yosef Maiman, President, Merhav 

Israeli Diplomacy in an Era of Change – MK Shimon Peres, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs 



Tuesday, December 18, 2001 

08:30 – 10:30 Sixth Session: National Security and the War against Terror 

Chair: Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak Hoffi 

Concepts of Security in a Time of Change – Mr. Haim Assa, Assa-Or 

Deterrence Capability - Missions and PossibilitiesTask Force Report – Lt. Gen. (Res.) Amnon Lipkin-Shahak 

Deterring Rogue States – Prof. Stephen Rosen, Harvard University 



Opened by: Maj. Gen. Dr. Isaac Ben-Yisrael, Director, Defense R&D Directorate, Ministry of Defense; Mr. Dan Schueftan, Haifa University and Shalem Center 


11:00 – 13:00 Seventh Session: Changing Security Concepts and Force Structure 

Chair: Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Yaron, Director-General, Ministry of Defense 

The Balance Sheet of the War – Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz, Chief of General Staff, IDF 

Directions in Security Concepts and Force Structure – Maj. Gen. (Res.) Eitan Ben-Eliahu, President and CEO, East West Ventures Ltd, and Maj. Gen. (Res.) Ami Ayalon, Chair, Netafim Group  



Opened by: MK Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Chair, Knesset Subcommittee on Strategic Posture and Force Structure 


13:00 Lunch 

Chair: Mr. Yaakov Neeman 

New National Priorities for Israel – Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Former Prime Minister 

14:30 – 16:30 Eighth Session: Foundations of National Security: Society, Education and Governance 

Chair: Dr. Leora Meridor, Chair of the Board, Bezeq International Ltd., and Chair, Poalim Financial Markets and Investments 

The Social Basis of National Security – Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor, Chair, National Security Studies Center, Haifa University 

Israel’s Strategic Defense Policy During the Fight Against Terror Mr. Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister and Minister of Defense  

Nationalism and EducationTask Force Report – Dr. Zvi Zameret, Director, Ben-Zvi Foundation  



Opened by: MK Naomi Blumenthal, Deputy Minister of National Infrastructure;    Mr. Mordechai Avisrur, Mayor of Yeruham 


17:00 -19:00 Ninth Session: Economic Viability and National Security 

Chair: Dan Halperin, CEO, Iptich 

Achieving Economic Strength – National, Political and Social Subsistence, Competitiveness and Accomplishment – Task Force Report – Dr. Orna Berry, Gemini Capital Fund  

Changes in Market Structure and National Security – Prof. Avi Ben-Bassat, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Response: Mr. Yossi Sela, Gemini Capital Fund 

The Defense Industry’s Contribution to the Israeli Economy – Dr. Yaakov Sheinin, CEO, Economic Models Ltd. 

Response: Mr. Carmel Vernia, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Industry and Commerce 

Pulling the Wagon Out of the Mud Without Breaking the Chain - Technological Change, Recession, and Inequality – Prof. Daniel Tsiddon, Department of Economics, Tel Aviv University 

Response: Mr. Elisha Yanay, Vice-President, Motorola Inc.  



Opened by: Mr. Imri Tov, Tel-Aviv University; Dr. Rafi Melnick, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 


19:00 – 19:30 Closing Session and Gala Dinner 

Chair: Ambassador Zalman Shoval 

Greetings: Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder 

Dynamic Defense Strategies in the Current Middle East Reality – MK Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Minister of Defense 

Realigning Government – Prof. Uriel Reichman, President, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 

Summation – Dr. Uzi Arad, Conference Chair and Director, Institute of Policy and Strategy, Lauder School of Government, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.  


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