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A Strategic Assessment Of Israel’s Frontiers
7 March @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
For Israel, security concerns not only span the volatile region it inhabits but also transcend to threats from far further afield. At this event Mr. Yaakov Peri, former Director of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, will present his strategic assessment of Israel’s frontiers to the North, South, East, West and also in space. He will examine the presence of traditional physical threats like Iran and Hezbollah, non-physical threats such as a growing anti-Israel sentiment in Europe and will also touch on the dangers in the sky, as Israel continues to battle drone attacks and evolving missile technology. The current state of relations between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the increasing uncertainty gripping the current Israeli election season will also be discussed.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to join Mr. Yaakov Peri, a Former Head of the Israeli Shin Bet and a Former Minister of Space and Technology in the Israeli Government, for the strategic assessment of Israel’s frontiers and a wider discussion about challenges and opportunities for Israel in today’s Middle East.
Mr. Yaakov Peri is a former head of the Israeli Shin Bet and a Former Minister of Space and Technology in the Israeli Government. In 1966, Peri joined Shin Bet, and initially trained to be a field officer working in the Arab sector. In 1972 he was appointed to a senior position in the Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria Command, and in 1975 became head of the Shin Bet’s training division. In 1978 he became head of its Northern Command, before returning to the Jerusalem, Judeah and Samaria Command to head it in 1981. In 1987 he became Deputy Director of the Shin Bet, before becoming Director the following year. During his period in charge, he introduced structural changes to address problems that arose during the First Intifada, and address with the new security situation in Israel in the wake of the Oslo Accords, retiring from the service in 1995. He joined the new Yesh Atid party prior to the 2013 Knesset elections. He was elected to the Knesset, after which he was appointed Minister of Science, Technology and Space. Peri is a fluent Arabic speaker, having learned it in school and during his Shin Bet service.
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