Security Policies in Flux: New Perspectives on Israel and the Middle East

Paneldiscussion and Presentation by the 2024 Sylke Tempel Fellows
20 June 2024

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Visual New Perspectives on Israel and the Middle East 20.06.2024

The German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation – together with AJC Berlin, Internationale Politik (IP), and Women in International Security Deutschland e.V. ( – cordially invites you to the event.

Since the terrorist attacks against it on October 7, the state of Israel has faced one of the most challenging periods in its history. The country’s security – a fundamental pillar of its existence – has not only been shaken by the Israeli war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip but also by the unstable situation along its northern border with Lebanon and the recent unprecedented attack by Iran. This event convenes international experts for an in-depth discussion of the security implications of current developments for Israel, the wider region, and the global security landscape. It marks the conclusion of the fifth Sylke Tempel Fellowship cohort, which explored issues related to “Values in Security Policy”.

Topics of the discussion include:

  • Changes in Israel’s security policy
  • Women on the front line: the (new) role of women in the Israeli military
  • The return of the United States to the Middle East
  • Iran and its proxies in the region
  • Feminist Foreign Policy in times of crisis and Germany’s handling of the war between Israel and Hamas


5:00 p.m.           Opening by Brigitte Zypries, Former Federal Minister of Justice and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy; Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation

5:10 p.m.            Keynote Speech by Nadav Tamir, Executive Director of J Street Israel; Senior Advisor for Government and International Affairs at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation

5:30 p.m.           Session with the 2024 Sylke Tempel Fellows and presentation of the IP Special that showcases their work.

6:30 p.m.           Panel discussion with:

                            Sarit Zehavi, Founder and President of Alma Research and Education Center

                            Hesham Youssef, Egyptian Ambassador (retired) 

                            Ralf Fücks, Managing Director of the Center for Liberal Modernity (LibMod)

                            Moderator: Rachel Tausendfreund, Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF); Board Member of

8:00 p.m.           Reception

The event will take place in English without simultaneous translation. It will be held in a hybrid format (in-person and via Zoom) and be recorded.

For any questions, please contact Yulia Loeva (

Sylke Tempel (1963–2017) accompanied the work of the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation with prudent advice and great commitment. She was an outstanding voice in German foreign policy, Middle East correspondent, lecturer, book author, and editor-in-chief of the magazine Internationale Politik that is published by the German Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to the Sylke Tempel Fellowship program, an annual essay prize commemorates her life and work.

The IP Special with articles by the Fellows will be published on June 24, 2024, and can be ordered free of charge at the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation. Please contact for orders.