Israel in a new security environment

Speech by David Harris at the discussion group Transatlantic Relations

06/02/2012 | 18:00 - 20:00 | DGAP Rauchstr. 17 10787 Berlin | Invitation only

Study Groups and Task Forces

Category: Near and Middle East/North Africa, Security

Iran’s nuclear program is not just a threat to Israel. Teheran’s claim to a great power status are of a global scope. This was the conclusion of the discussion group. Guest speaker was David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Beyond that the upheavals in North Africa made an adjustment of Israel’s security strategy necessary.

The “Arabellion” in North Africa and the Middle East was viewed critically in this session. Especially the media coverage which mostly differentiated only between “good insurgents” and “bad dictators” strongly shaped the developments in the region as well as the public opinion abroad. Ultimately, not only the arrest of staff members of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in Cairo makes a re-evaluation compulsory.

For Israel’s security its Mediterranean partners play a key role. Due to Turkey’s offensive diplomacy, the relationship between Israel and Turkey, however, cooled off since Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003. Hence Cyprus and Greece play a more significant role for Israel’s strategic re-orientation.

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