Event: ‘Struggling Over Israel’s Soul’


b9f9dc79-39fd-4e7e-bca4-2de22aee157bTIME: 31st January, 17:30 – 18:30

VENUE: Committee Room 19, House of Commons,

Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Major General Elazar Stern MK
Author: Struggling Over Israel’s Soul

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Over the course of his distinguished career, Major General Elazar Stern MK has been a powerful voice of moral courage in Israeli civil society. He was central to the re-drafting of the Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF’s) Code of Conduct and Ethics; his book on the subject, Struggling Over Israel’s Soul, was a bestseller. He has been a leading advocate for religious-secular cooperation in Israel, and has been a vocal proponent of ‘ultra-orthodox’ enlistment in the IDF. He is well known as a proponent of religious reform and liberalisation. He oversaw the inquiry into the IDF’s failings during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

By kind invitation of Jack Lopresti MP, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Major General Stern. He will discuss his controversial moral decisions and his role in the disengagement of Gaza. He will also examine the role of the religious soldier and the enlistment of the ultra-orthodox from his position of unique insight into these matters. Finally, he will ask: can Israel maintain itself as both a Jewish and democratic state?

Major General Elazar Stern MK was drafted into the IDF in 1974 – the beginning of 30 years of service. He served as a company commander during the 1982 Lebanon War and over the course of his career rose to the esteemed rank of Major General, heading the IDF’s ‘Manpower Department.’ He is a member of the Israeli Knesset for the Yesh Atid party, and serves on the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee. He is the chair for the Lobby of Holocaust Survivors.


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