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Annual Conference on National Security and Democracy

November 23–24, 2021 Israel Democracy Institute


IDI's annual conference on National Security and Democracy, held in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Israel office), will convene top officers and academic experts to discuss the changing relations between the IDF and Israeli society


Tuesday, November 23

9:00–9:45 Registration

9:45–10:00 Greetings

Yohanan Plesner, President, Israel Democracy Institute

Dr. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Israel.

10:00–11:45 How Long will it be a People’s Army?

Moderator: MK Ram Ben Barak, Chair of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
Greetings: Dr. Idit Shafran-Gittleman, Director, Military and Society Program, Israel Democracy Institute

A Model for Optimal Service: Col. (Res.) Dr. Liron Libman, Research Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute


MK Alon Schuster, Deputy Minister of Defense
Adv. Itai Ofir, Legal counsel to the Defense Ministry
Amir Reshef, Deputy Director, Budget Department, Ministry of Finance

11:45–12:00 Break

12:00–12:15 The IDF and Israeli Society : Survey Findings

Prof. Tamar Hermann, Senior Research Fellow and Academic Director, the Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, Israel Democracy Institute; The Open University

12:15–13:30 Which Way is the Fighting Spirit Blowing?

Moderator: Dr. Idit Shafran-Gittleman


Ro’i Sharon, Military Affairs Analyst , KAN News
Brig. Gen. (res.) Moshe Tamir, former commander of the Gaza Division

13:30–14:15 Lunch break

14:15–16:00 The IDF as Reflected in Israeli Society

Moderator: Yair Ettinger, Correspondent and Analyst, Kan News

Amos Harel, Correspondent, Military Affairs Analyst, Ha’aretz, in conversation with Maj. Gen. (res.) Udi Adam, former Director General, Ministry of Defense


Maj. Gen. (res.) Yair Golan, Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry
Naveh Dromi, columnist
Adv. Col. (res.) Sharon Zagagi Pinhas, former Chief Military Prosecutor
Maj. Gen. (res.) Roni Numa
MK Miri Regev, Likud

16:00–16:20 Law and Security

Prof. Amichai Cohen, Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute, in conversation with Attorney General, Dr. Avichai Mandelblit


Wednesday, November 24

9:45–10:05 Public Trust in the Military

Yohanan Plesner, President, Israel Democracy Institute, in conversation with Matan Kahane, Minister of Religious Services and a member of the Security Cabinet


Dr. Idit Shafran-Gittleman in conversation with MK Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin, Labor Party


10:25–11:45 From the Periphery to the IDF

Moderator: Dr. Asaf Malhi, Researcher, ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program, Israel Democracy Institute

Dr. Asaf Malhi in conversation with Penina Tamano-Shata, Minister of Immigrant Absorption


Brig. Gen. (res.) Amal Asad, businessman and public figure
Col. (res.) Yael Hess, Director, Mandel Leadership Institute
Yossi Levy, Director, Nezach Yehuda Association

11:45–12:45 Lunch break

12:45–14:00 The Legal System and National Security

Moderator: Adv. Lila Margalit, Senior Researcher, Israel Democracy Institute


Adv. Eli Bahar, former Legal Counsel to the General Security Service
Adv. Geula Cohen, Chair, Security Forum, State Attorney's Office
MK Gaby Lasky, Meretz
Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Senior Fellow, the Israel Democracy Institute


Prof. Amichai Cohen in conversation with former Justice Hanan Meltzer, President of the Israel Press Council and former Vice-President of the Supreme Court

14:20–14:30 Break

14:30–14:50 Security Considerations and Democratic Values

Prof. Yuval Shany, Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute, in conversation with Adv. Shai Nitzan, former State Attorney and Deputy Attorney General for special assignments

15:00 Lecture by a senior military officer


There may be changes in the program

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Number of places is limited. Participation requires advance registration at the Israel Democracy Institute website and compliance with the Green Badge directives.





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