On September 17, Israel held an unprecedented second round of national elections, the results of which determined the country’s next cadre of decision-makers. The new Israeli government faces not only a contentious domestic political scene, but also a number of complex national security and defense challenges in an evolving Middle East. The Iranian nuclear issue and flare-ups with Gaza, coupled with unrest on Israel’s northern front with Lebanon and Syria, are concerning regional developments. A stalemated Israeli-Palestinian conflict likewise poses a major threat to Israel’s stability and identity. At the same time, Israel’s leaders must be strategic in their diplomatic undertakings on a global level, including relations with China and the U.S.
At this event, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin (ret.), executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, focused on seven crucial issues facing Israel’s incoming leaders in the security arena. This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMiddleEast.
6:00 p.m. — Reception
6:30 p.m. — Presentation
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin (ret.) is the executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. Yadlin served in the Israeli Defense Forces for more than 40 years, including nine years as a member of the IDF’s general staff. Yadlin also served as the IDF attaché to the United States and as commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College. From 2006 to 2010, Yadlin was the IDF’s chief of military intelligence. Yadlin is a former deputy commander of the Israeli Air Force and commanded two fighter squadrons and two airbases. He participated in the Yom Kippur War (1973), Operation Peace for Galilee (1982) and Operation Tamuz, which resulted in the destruction of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq (1981). Yadlin’s primary areas of expertise include strategy and national security, the changes in the Middle East, the Iranian nuclear challenge, U.S.-Israel relations, force buildup and the defense budget, intelligence, cyber-related challenges, civil-military relations and the military ethics of fighting terror.