Members’ Lecture - Challenges Facing Israel and the West

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Moshe YaalonA lecture by Mr Moshe Yaalon, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Strategic Affairs.

In his lecture, Minister Yaalon will discuss:

  • The implications of the growing radical Islamic order in the world, with the Iran/Syria/Hezbollah/Hamas/Palestinian Islamic jihad axis on one hand and the Al Qaeda/Taliban wing of the worldwide jihadist movement on the other;
  • The Arab Awakening that has transformed Israel's strategic environment and the growing concern in Israel and elsewhere about the strategic implications of Iran's nuclear programme;
  • The international effort to de-legitimise Israel's very existence, spearheaded by radical Islamists, the radical left and Arab nationalists.

Mr Moshe Yaalon is Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Strategic Affairs. After serving as a reserve soldier in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he returned to active duty and completed officers' training. He held several command positions in the Israel Defense Forces Paratroop Brigade and was wounded in combat at the end of the 1982 Lebanon War. He subsequently served as the Head of Military Intelligence, Officer Commanding Central Command and Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2005. At the end of 2005, he spent nine months in Washington DC as a Distinguished Military Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 2006 to 2008, he held positions as a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center's Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, Chairman of Beit Morasha's Center for Jewish Identity and Culture and President of Shekel, an organisation which provides community services for people with disabilities. He pursued advanced studies at the Command and Staff College in Camberley and holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Haifa.

Refreshments will be served from 1030.

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