Following is the program for the Herzliya Conference 2003.  

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S c h e d u l e  


Tuesday, December 16, 2003  


08:00    Opening 

Dr. Uzi Arad, Head, Institute for Policy and Strategy, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya  

Ms. Yael German, Mayor of Herzliya 


Prof. Abraham (Rami) Friedman, Dean, The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 


The National Scoreboard 



v      International and time-series comparison of Israel’s standing in the economic, social, and political spheres; 

v      Comparative in-depth surveys of Israeli society; 

v      Overall strategic assessment of Israel's situation. 


“The Herzliya Indices”, Task Force Report (Hebrew) 

Prof. Rafi Melnick, Arison School of Business, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya 

The Haifa Indices”, Task Force Report (Hebrew) 

Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor, Director, National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa 

The National Security Council Indices”, Task Force Report (Hebrew) 

Col.(res.) Dr. Reuven Gal, Deputy Head, National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Office 

 The Changing Strategic Landscape” (Hebrew) 

Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland, Head-Designate of the National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Office 



The Palestinian-Israeli Impasse: Alternative Options and Approaching Decisions 



v      Review and assessment of the state of warfare against terror; 

v      Regional processes and their impact on the Palestinian-Israeli issue; 

v      Alternative diplomatic and political options; 

v      The future of Palestinian leadership. 

Chair: Mr. Ehud Olmert, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade, Labor and Communication. transcript of Mr. Ulmert and discussion. (Hebrew) 

 There is Life After Terror” (Hebrew) 

Mr. Avi Dichter, Head, Israel Security Agency, (Shin Bet) 

 Alternative Options for Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute” (English) 

Prof. Steven L. Spiegel, Burkle Institute for International Relations, UCLA  

Discussant:  Dr. Shmuel Bar, Institute for Policy and Strategy, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. transcript  (Hebrew) 


Tuesday, December 16, 2003 

The Iranian Challenge 



v      Iran’s nuclear program and its effort to acquire military nuclear capability; 

v      International and US approaches to the Iranian nuclear program; 

v      Regime stability and political undercurrents in Iran. 

Chair: MK Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Ephraim Sneh, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and Chair, Subcommittee for Defense and Security Doctrine. Transcript (Hebrew) 

 Heading Off an Iranian Nuclear Weapons Capability” (English) 

Mr. Robert Einhorn, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) 

 Putting More Muscle into the International Effort to Stop an Iranian Nuclear Bomb”, 

Dr. Patrick Clawson, Deputy Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (English) 

 How to Liberate Iran” (English) 

Dr. Michael Ledeen, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) 

Discussants: Mr. Gideon Frank, Director General, Israel Atomic Energy Commission. transcript (Hebrew) 

Ms. Thיrטse Delpech, Center for International Studies and Research (CERI). Transcript (English) 

13:30    Lunch 


Force Structure and the New Defense Posture  



v      New look into force structure planning; 

v      Budgetary constraints and IDF’s missions in the evolving strategic landscape; 

v      Possibilities and trends in Israel’s military force structure in face of technological innovation and the lessons of the War in Iraq. 

Chair: MK Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Chair, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Transcript (Hebrew) 

 Joint Force Building” (English) 

Gen. (ret.) Jim Jamerson, Vice President for Middle East and Africa, Lockheed Martin Corporation 

 The Defense Budget and Force Structure”, Task Force Report  

Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Ben-Eliahu, CEO & Founder, Sentry Israel. Transcript (Hebrew) 

MK Maj. Gen. (res.) Matan Vilnai. Transcript (Hebrew) 

 Approaches to Force Structure Planning” (Hebrew) 

Maj. Gen. Dan Haloutz, Commander-in-Chief of the Israel Air Force 

Discussants: Rear Adm. (ret.) John F. “Dugan” Shipway, Vice President of General Dynamics and President of Bath Iron Works. Transcript (English)
Mr. Carl Benner, Maritime Systems and Sensors, Lockheed Marint Corp.Transcript (English) 



A Reserve System for the Future IDF 



v      Alternative options for the future structure of IDF reserves;  

v      Military, economic, and social implications. 


Chair: MK Haim Ramon, Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee and Chair, Subcommittee for Manpower  


Tuesday, December 16, 2003 


Positioning the Reserve Service in an Up-to-Date Defense Doctrine” (Hebrew) 

Maj. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Deputy Chief of General Staff, IDF  

 IDF Reserve Corps – Enduring Realities” (Hebrew) 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gideon Sheffer, Vice President, Elbit Systems 

 IDF Reserve System and Israeli Society – Trends, Reforms, and Necessary Measures” (Hebrew) 

Brig. Gen. Dr. Ariel Heiman, Chief Reserve Officer, IDF and Ministry of Defense 

Structural and Societal Implications of the IDF Reserve Corps Reform” (Hebrew) 

Prof. Stuart Cohen, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA), Bar-Ilan University 

 The IDF Reserve Corps and the Israeli Society: Will New Reforms Exacerbate the Problem ?” (Hebrew) 

Dr. Yagil Levi, Department of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication, The Open University of Israel 


The Prospects for Israel’s Defense Industries  


v      The role of the defense industries as a component of force structure and as a building bloc for economic, technological, and educational growth; 

v      The defense industries’ ratio between investment and exports; 

v      Preserving the qualitative edge of the defense industries at a time of budgetary cutbacks. 

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

 The National Role of the Defense Industries”, Task Force Report 

Mr. Moshe Keret, CEO, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI). transcript (Hebrew) 

Mr. Nir Gilad, Former Accountant General, Ministry of Finance. transcript (Hebrew) 

Dr. Yacov Sheinin, CEO, Economic Models. transcript (Hebrew) 


The National Contribution of Israel’s Defense Industries” (Hebrew) 

Mr. Eliezer Sandberg, Minister of Science and Technology 

Discussants: Mr. Joseph Ackerman, President and Chairman of the Board, Elbit Systems. Transcript (Hebrew) 

Mr. Giora Shalgi, Director-General, Israel Armament Development Authority (Rafael). transcript (Hebrew) 



20:00    Dinner session  


Chair: Mr. Shabtai Shavit 

 Ben-Gurion and His Legacy” (Hebrew) 

Mr. Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister 

English Summary  

The Mood in the US Toward Israel (English)
Prof. Herbert I. London, President, Hudson Institute 


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