Strategic Efforts For Generating The Required Change
This page is part F of the document titled A New Vision For Israel's National Security Conception
The previous section: The Organizing Principles of the Israeli Revolution in National Security Affairs
|This section of the document details the different campaigns which, if successfully implemented, will stimulate the crucial revolution in Israel's national security and advance the overall vision.|
1. Upgrading the national security system in a way that includes the broad range of influences on national security in shaping and updating the overarching concept. This new structure requires:
- Empowering the role of the National Security Council such that it provides unique value to leadership – In the aftermath of the Second Lebanon War, the role and responsibilities of the National Security Council (NSC) were upgraded so that it could provide adequate support in the decision-making processes of the country's leaders. This upgrade has proven to be insufficient.
In order to fulfill the vision discussed, an additional upgrade is needed in the abilities of the NSC, primarily related to shaping the national security concept, contributing to national security assessments, and designing and implementing strategic initiatives in this field. As such, the NSC must be a significant partner that provides unique value stemming from its comprehensive systemic vantage point and is able to challenge the system's assumptions and generate independent processes.
- Changing the national assessment process such that it comprehensively explores the state of national security and serves the process of shaping the national security concept. Today, the national assessment process stems from intelligence estimates focused on threats, and occurs in the absence of global perspectives. Suggested emphases are:
- Assessment of the full range of national security elements and strategic objectives;
- Identification and development of opportunities embedded in regional and global developments;
- Integration of non-governmental elements in preparing the assessment, from the civilian sector, such as think tanks, researchers, retired government officials, and Jewish world organizations;
- Management of learning processes and capacity building in the field of national security.
2.Decentralizing the field of foreign relations beyond the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and government offices and their agencies – The foreign relations sector, comprising embassies and diplomatic emissaries, lacks the capacity to meet emerging needs in a changing world. We propose revolutionizing this sector by mobilizing from within civil society and private sector spheres with the purpose of cultivating a robust network of sustained high-quality professional connections with governmental and non-governmental elites. These connections can be focused around humanitarian initiatives, collaboration with civil society organizations, and military, economic, and diplomatic assistance. Central objectives in this field include:
- Harnessing Israel to advance solutions to acute problems facing humanity (Tikkun Olam) – Israel, in partnership with the Jewish world, must reclaim its central role in contending with the key challenges facing humanity in fields related to quality of life at the global 'bottom of the economic pyramid';
- Re-structuring the relationship between the people and leadership of the Jewish world – Doing so requires an infrastructure that promotes collaboration in areas of mutual interest and objectives, such as: humanitarian assistance, combatting Israel's delegitimization and anti-Semitism, and contending with issues of Jewish identity. The Israeli government and civil society, in partnership with the Jewish world, must develop a number of significant initiatives that will affect wide circles of Jews and Israelis;
- Developing a platform of relationships in the Middle East through the government and civil society in order to seize the opportunities embedded in the changes in the region and to penetrate the wall of hostility toward Israel.
3.A new covenant between the national security system and Israeli society that combines the national security vision, societal needs, and security needs. This covenant, to be based on the principle of equality, will provide a response to the needs of the army and will contribute to Israeli society. Its foundations are:
- Shaping a model of military and civil service as an engine of inclusive growth. This will require assessing the scope and content of service;
- Decentralizing home front resilience and emergency preparedness to the community level in order to contend with war and natural disasters that will affect a significant proportion of the land and population;
- Launching a new operational concept for the armed forces that is adapted to the budgetary reality, derived from the new covenant, and aligned with the broader national security concept.