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The IDF as the People’s Army

 Monday, November 19

 9:30–10:00 A.M. Opening Session

Yohanan Plesner, President, Israel Democracy Institute

Dr. Alexander Brakel, Director, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Maj. Gen. (res.) Ami Ayalon, Israel Democracy Institute

10:00–11:30 A.M. Social and Military Implications of the Army Service Model

Session chair: Tali Lipkin-Shahak, Galei Zahal, IDF radio stationParticipants:

Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan, Mivtahi Forum

Professor Yedidia Stern, Israel Democracy Institute and Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Zipi Israeli, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)

Professor Yagil Levy, The Open University

12:00–1:30 P.M. Military Rank, Political Rank, and Civilian Society in Israel

Session chair: Professor Amichai Cohen, Israel Democracy Institute and Ono Academic College

Presentation of the study: Professor (emeritus) Stuart Cohen, Bar-Ilan University


MK Merav Michaeli, Zionist Union; member, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

MK Dr. Michael Oren, Deputy Minister, Prime Minister’s Office

Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer, Israel Democracy Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, former commander of the IDF Military Colleges and commander of the IDF’s Northern Corps

1:30–2:30 P.M. Break

2:30–4:00 P.M. The Enlistment Model: Between a People’s Army and a Professional Army

Session chair: Maj. Gen. (res.) Orna Barbivai, former head of the IDF’s Manpower Directorate


Professor Tamar Hermann, Israel Democracy Institute and The Open University

Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Ariel Heimann, Co- Founder, OrConsulting&Development 

Major (res.) Rinat Moshe, Bar-Ilan University and Ashkelon Academic College

4:15–6:00 P.M. Military Norms vs. Civilian Norms: The Ethical Code in a Changing Reality

Session chair: Dr. Idit Shafran-Gittleman Israel Democracy Institute and the University of Haifa

Presentation of the Survey of Values in Combat: Professor Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, Israel Democracy Institute


Professor Moshe Halbertal, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and New York University

Professor (emeritus) Asa Kasher, Tel Aviv University

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yishai Beer, IDC Herzliya

Professor Daniel Statman, University of Haifa


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 9:30–11:00 A.M. The Joint Service Ordinance: The Religiously Observant and Women in the People’s Army

Session chair: Yair Sheleg, Israel Democracy Institute and Makor Rishon


Elinor Davidov, Israel Women’s Network

Rabbi Amichai Gordin, Yeshivat Har Etzion

Dr. Idit Shafran-Gittleman, Israel Democracy Institute and the University of Haifa

11:15 A.M.–12:00 P.M. The Nation-State Law: Its Significance and Implications for Members of the Druze Community

Brig. Gen. (res.) Amal As’ad, a leader in the struggle to amend the Nation-State Law

12:00–1:00 P.M. Break

1:00–2:30 P.M. The Enlistment Model for the Ultra-Orthodox Community

Session chair: Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute


Professor Yuval Shany, Israel Democracy Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Attorney Itai Ophir, Legal advisor to the defence establishment, 

Yisrael Cohen, Radio Kol Barama

Dr. Gilad Malach, Israel Democracy Institute

2:45–4:15 The Future of Civilian Service

Session chair: Maj. Gen. (res.) Ami Ayalon, Israel Democracy Institute


Dr. Reuven Gal, Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, The Technion

Attorney Bashir Fahoum Jayusy, Abraham Fund Initiatives

Reuven Pinsky, executive director, National-Civilian Service Authority

Rabbi Bezalel Cohen, director, Chachmei Lev Yeshiva, Jerusalem

4:30 P.M. Concluding Session

The conference is being held under the auspices of the Israel Democracy Institute’s Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy, and in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Israel