Professor Efraim Inbar
President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security.Email: email@example.com
Professor Inbar was the founding director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, a position he held for 23 years (1993-2016), and a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and Boston universities; a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a Manfred Warner NATO Fellow; and a visiting fellow at the (London-based) International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was president of the Israel Association of International Studies; a member of the Political Strategic Committee of the National Planning Council; chairman of the National Security Curriculum committee in the Ministry of Education; and a member of the Academic Committee of the IDF History Department. He has authored five books: Outcast Countries in the World Community (1985), War and Peace in Israeli Politics. Labor Party Positions on National Security (1991), Rabin and Israel’s National Security (1999), The Israeli-Turkish Entente (2001), and Israel’s National Security: Issues and Challenges since the Yom Kippur War (2008), and edited fourteen collections of scholarly articles. He is an expert on Israeli strategic doctrine, public opinion on national security issues, US Middle East policy, Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, and Israel-Turkey relations.
President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security.
What Happens after the “Deal of the Century” is Tabled?
Whatever paradigm for peace is tabled by the Trump administration, no end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in sight. Managing the conflict for the long term – a somewhat fuzzy approach in need of constant reevaluation – is the only realistic way to do some good in the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
The Future of Israel Looks Good
Time is on Israel’s side. A review of the balance of power between Israel and its foes; of the domestic features molding Israel’s national power; and of Israel’s standing in the international community, validates the assessment that Israel has the dominant hand for the foreseeable future.
The Strategic Importance of Jerusalem
Israel’s control of Jerusalem provides strategic depth for the coastal plain; vitally links the coast to the Jordan River as Israel’s eastern security border; and ensures the city’s vibrancy. Maintaining a united Jerusalem is a national mission of existential significance.
Corona’s Impact on Israeli National Security
Israeli national security is unquestionably weakened by the corona pandemic. Many IDF units are suffering from a shortage of manpower. And the assertion that preoccupation with corona will temper the behavior of Israel's enemies is wishful and mistaken thinking.
Jordan will not impede the US peace plan
It is convenient for Amman to have Israel retain security control over the Jordan Valley. And this is a rare opportunity to advance and potentially realize Israel's security needs for a cemented border in the east with the support of the world's top superpower.
The Greatest Necessity: National Cohesion
Israel’s government must nurture a spirit of unity and national purpose by building a policy consensus as broad as possible. This is necessary both in preparation for likely combat operations against Iran and its proxies, and in order to respond wisely to the American peace plan and to intelligently manage conflict with the Palestinians.
Will Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ lead to change?
The guaranteed failure of the “deal of the century” is an opportunity for Israel to open the Americans’ eyes to the harsh and complicated reality in our region and lead them to support the strategy of managing the conflict and wait for better times.
The demand for sovereignty over Judea and Samaria is a waste of Zionist energy
The longing for Jewish sovereignty over the historic homeland of the Jewish people is understandable. Nevertheless, the recent attempt to pass a law declaring Israeli sovereignty over the settlements in Judea and Samaria is useless.
Netanyahu in India
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits India just half a year after the first historic trip of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel (July 2017). These visits reflect the significant expansion in relations between the two countries that has taken place since the establishment of full diplomatic relations in 1992.
Coronavirus won’t turn the Middle East all warm and fuzzy.
Inbar and Lerman of JISS: Regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic, Israel still has extremely significant defense and strategic challenges.
For first time in history, US plan for Mideast peace puts Israeli concerns at forefront.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: I don’t see peace coming out of the plan, but in the long scheme of things, it is more realistic.
Plain Talk by Israel’s Top Soldier Seen as Filling Political Vacuum.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: The main significance of Kochavi’s speech lay in the chief of staff’s willingness to candidly discuss policies previously left opaque.
'Palestinian Demand to Remove Israeli Settlements is Unacceptable and Racist' - Scholar.
Prof. Inbar: Israel has always advocated the positions that Jews have a right to settle anywhere in the land of Israel.
Does Israel need pacts with Persian Gulf that Katz is trying to secure?
Prof. Inbar: “This has to be gradual. The informal is at times stronger than the formal. We should deepen these ties without making this more difficult for Gulf countries.”
Evangelical Charity World Vision’s Terror-Funding Scandal Continues.
Prof. Inbar: We have the moral duty to demask organizations, such as World Vision, which are undermining Christian values, by spreading hatred and violence.
Is it time for the IDF to inflict ‘massive damage’ on Hamas?
Prof. Inbar: The IDF concept of using accurate intelligence for pinpoint airstrikes has proven deficient. A land incursion may be needed to convince Israel’s enemies that we are ready to pay a price in casualties in order to secure the well-being of our citizens.
New Palestinian government beleaguered by ‘corruption, nepotism and ineptitude’
Prof. Efraim Inbar: The PA continues to subscribe to maximalist unrealistic positions that ensure the continuation of conflict between the two national movements.
Of annexation and Trump’s peace plan, what’s next on the post-Israeli election agenda?
Prof. Inbar: Annexation of the West Bank or parts of the West Bank has been on the agenda of every Israeli government, including Labor-led governments because want the settlement blocs as part of Israel.
Does Hamas see Israel’s deterrence waning?
Prof. Efraim Inbar: Deterrence is a tricky notion. Dr. Eran Lerman: Hamas is irritating us in order to obtain certain limited gains through the negotiating process.
What’s in a “Wall”? In Israel, a mix of structures, technology, policy, and cross-border cooperation.
Prof. Inbar: What’s important are actions beyond the fence, combined with intelligence gathering.
'Israel will continue to react to military entrenchment by Iran'
Israel has carried out airstrikes on Iranian targets in the vicinity of the Syrian capital Damascus. The Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed the military operation in an tweet earlier this morning. Radio Sputnik discussed the development with Efraim Inbar, president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies.
Is the time ripe for Israel to push for recognition of the Golan Heights?
Prof. Efraim Inbar: I am not sure we should spend much political capital on this issue. After all, the Golan is in our hands since ’67, more years than the Syrians ruled the area. Who can change this strategically important fact?
Bricks In The 'Wall': Israel as a Test-Case for President Trump's Proposed Border Measures.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: The West Bank security fence is not a fool-proof system, but what's important are Israeli actions beyond the fence combined with intelligence gathering to thwart terrorism and other threats.
The IDF under newly appointed chief of staff.
Prof. Efraim Inbar comments on the most urgent tasks facing the incoming chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Major General Aviv Kochavi.
Is the situation with Gaza ‘the problem from hell?’
Prof. Efraim Inbar: We cannot trust Hamas to keep the calm. Only when Hamas is afraid of IDF retaliation, which has yet to come, will calm prevail. General Amidror: A war in Gaza will only benefit PA leader Mahmoud Abbas and Iran. And we don’t want to give Iran any gifts.
Trump’s wavering on one-state or two-states leaves many in a state of confusion.
Middle East analysts say there is growing skepticism around the world of the Palestinians’ ability even to create and sustain an independent state. Prof. Efraim Inbar: Sometimes ambiguity serves us better than a clear solution.”
Palestinian-Israeli fragile co-existence to remain intact despite shooting attack in West Bank.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: Good economic conditions do not always overcome the deep hostility of part of the Palestinian population.
Professor Efraim Inbar, speaks to KAN's Naomi Segal about what to expect from Tuesday's meeting in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
'Nakba Day': To Create Better Future, Palestinians Must Overcome the Past
Prof. Efraim Inbar: The Palestinians need to decide internally whether they are willing to overcome their divisions and problems or be doomed to a chaotic situation. So long as they continue to fan the flames of hatred against Israel and are unprepared to change, they will be unable to create a state.
EXPERT: IRAN LIKELY TO CONTINUE NUCLEAR PROGRAM WHEN NUCLEAR DEAL EXPIRES
Prof. Efraim Inbar: It was quite clear that the Americans were not surprised by the speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu, and they knew about it in advance.
Capital punishment? Nearly half of Jerusalem's residents aren't citizens.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: Giving citizenship to Arab east Jerusalemites is not only fair but also good for Israel on the strategic level.
Plot Thickens For Israel In Syria As Russia Outs Military Operation.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: When it comes to our national security we are entitled to do what is necessary to uphold it
The Media Line, April 9, 2018
A hard look at the Israeli admission of 2007 attack on a Syrian nuclear reactor, and its message for Iran.
Prof. Efraim Inbar: Striking Iranian facilities would be much more difficult.
World Israel News 22.03.2018
How Palestinian votes in municipal elections may change the face of Jerusalem.
Dr. David Koren: Perhaps some Palestinians believe voting will bear more fruit than sticking with the Palestinian Authority. Prof. Efraim Inbar: If Arabs vote in greater numbers, the most pressing challenge will be to bring Zionists to the city to ensure its character.