The Vision Israel as the Middle of the East

מתוך סמינר 2.0 לעדכון תפיסת הביטחון הלאומית | Seminar 2.0
קפיצה אל: ניווט, חיפוש
This page is part D of the document titled A New Vision For Israel's National Security Conception

The previous section:The Window of Opportunity to Upgrade Israel's National Security

This section of the document lays out the foundations of the vision for Israel's national security toward its seventy-fifth year that will seize the existing window of opportunity.

The components of the national security vision toward the seventy-fifth year of the state are:

1.A national security concept that is flexible, relevant, and effective, that is continuously updated, and which harnesses diverse elements within the government and in civil society.

2. A regional power

  • Indisputable superiority, flexibility, and relevance in deploying a range of military and security tools across the Middle East, such that Israel's physical existence and the security of its citizens are assured for many years;
  •  A web of connections with governments and civil societies across the Middle East conducted through governmental and non-governmental entities, both openly and covertly.

3. A soft power superpower in the region and the world – The ability to serve the interests of Israel in the region and in the world on the basis of a significant, and distinctly Israeli contribution to humanity, with an impact that is disproportionate to Israel's size, resources, and population, through a global network of relationships comprising Israeli institutions, both governmental and civilian. Israeli interests can be advanced by developing a global presence of actors that can deploy a variety of soft 'tools,' such as diplomacy and branding, in fields such as trade, culture, business, and science and technology

4.Legitimacy surplus – A significant improvement in Israel's international status and in its fundamental legitimacy as a result of its global indispensability, which renders challenges to its right to exist unthinkable, as a result of:

  •  Breaking the basic hostility toward Israel in the Arab and Muslim world by establishing 'bridgeheads' of legitimacy among Arabs and Muslims for Israel's existence and for normalized ties with it;
  • Establishing Israel's cumulative contribution to humanity, in the Middle East and across the world, as a pillar of its legitimacy.

5.A secured Jewish majority in Israel, by means of ending control of the Palestinian population in the framework of a separation arrangement or an arrangement for co-existence within a combined political entity.

6.Israeli society integrated in the Jewish world’s network of communities by means of a web of connections between communities, organizations, and individuals.

7.A new covenant between the IDF and Israeli society regarding security service, such that every citizen has the opportunity for equal and more significant service, and such that security service contributes to the country's inclusive growth without harming its strength and Israel's security.

8.A security concept that balances between the tensions contained within the vision – Relationships between different components of the vision are sometimes complementary and contain ingrained tensions, such as:

  • On the spectrum of "internal cohesion," on the one hand the IDF-Israeli society covenant will strengthen the dynamic. On the other hand, ending control of the Palestinians may precipitate a deep societal crisis in the absence of a consensus and resulting from the need to forcefully impose  the chosen alternative of withdrawal or disengagement;
  • On the spectrum of "source of legitimacy," on the one hand indisputable military and security superiority entail a strong army and willingness to deploy it, for example in exerting control over the Palestinians, which is today a source of international condemnation. On the other hand, a legitimacy surplus implies a wider use of "soft" tools at the expense of "hard power." Either withdrawal or disengagement from the West Bank will enhance legitimacy but may be seen as representing a decline in Israel's strength;
  • On the spectrum of "identification," an identity that emphasizes the local and a web of relationships in close geographic proximity stands as a tension before a Western identity with a global presence or a Jewish and global presence.

9.Effectiveness through broad and comprehensive engagement – The national security concept will be based on flexibility and relevance. Relevance relates to response principles that enable shaping reality across the variety and complexity that it encompasses. Flexibility refers to the ability to focus efforts and respond to emerging phenomena, and to continually update the overarching concept in accordance with developments on the ground. Flexibility and relevance will enable navigating between the tensions across various contexts.

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