BESA Center

The Diplomatic View from Inside Netanyahu’s National Security Council

| February 26, 2016

In this fascinating and revealing interview, Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman discusses his six-year tenure as deputy for foreign policy and international affairs at the National Security Council in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. He addresses Prime Minister Netanyahu’s far-reaching concessions to the Palestinians, Israeli preparations for an attack on Iran, US clandestine surveillance, and Israeli ties with Arab countries. Dr. Lerman joined the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies in October 2015.


Greek Defense Minister Speaks Out Forcefully in Alliance with Israel

| February 21, 2016

Text of the address delivered by Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos an international conference at the center on “Strategic Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean” (18.2.2016, co-sponsored by B’nai B’rith International). Kammenos offered a comprehensive and very forceful articulation of Greece’s views on the dangers of radical Islam, the problematic behavior of Turkey, and his country’s new alliance with Israel.


US-Israel Relations towards a Post-Obama Era

| January 11, 2016

International conference in May 2015 which studied the domestic foundations of the US-Israel relationship, US foreign policy in the Middle East, and US-Israel relations into the future – towards a post-Obama era. The conference marked publication of Prof. Jonathan Rynhold’s book on “The Arab-Israel Conflict in American Political Culture.”


Dr. Eitan Shamir’s new book on Military Command

| January 10, 2016

The Israel Ministry of Defense has published an updated and revised Hebrew edition of Dr. Eitan Shamir’s landmark book, Transforming Command (Stanford UP, 2011; Pikud Mesima, Modan, 2015). The book has been endorsed by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and has become required reading in many military academies including the US army, navy and marines, the UK military colleges, and in the IDF.


Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman Joins the BESA Center

| January 5, 2016

Dr. Lerman: “False Palestinian narratives of victimhood and blatant lie-telling reveal just how far the Palestinian leadership is from accepting the premises necessary for true peace with Israel.” Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman has joined the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies as a senior research associate.


Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen Joins the BESA Center

| January 3, 2016

General Hacohen: “Israel must reacquire sufficient ideological determination to persevere, progress, repulse, and overwhelm its adversaries.” Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen has joined the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies as a senior research associate.


BESA Center Expands its Faculty and Activity

| January 3, 2016

Read in the January 2016 issue of the BESA Center News Bulletin about the expansion of the center’s expert faculty and its activities, including articles on: Securing Jerusalem. Middle East Chaos. Israel’s Natural Gas Reserves. Gaza Disengagement. US-Israel Relations in the Final Obama Stretch. Strategic Dialogues with Germany and Australia. New Associates: General Hacohen and Col. Lerman.


German-Israeli Strategic Dialogue

| December 9, 2015

November 2015 strategic dialogue with the Aspen Institute (Germany) focusing on Israel-Germany defense and scientific cooperation, responses to terrorism, and perspectives on security challenges stemming from the Middle East.


Australia’s National Security Challenges

| November 8, 2015

October 2015 strategic dialogue with colleagues from the political, military and academic sectors in Australia, focusing on the strategic outlook in the Indo-Pacific and Middle East, nuclear proliferation, homeland security, asymmetric threats (including terrorism and cyber warfare), defense industry cooperation, bilateral trade, and more.


Assessing the Gaza Disengagement, Ten Years Later

| August 16, 2015

July 2015 (Hebrew) conference which took a ten-year retrospective look at Israel’s 2005 unilateral disengagement from Gaza. Watch the fascinating debate between Prof. AB Yehoshua and Rabbi Yaakov Medan.