National Security Council (Israel)
The National Security Council is the Prime Minister and the Government’s staff forum for advising on national security issues. The NSC is located near the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.
The National Security Council (NSC) was established in March 1999 on the basis of Government Resolution No. 4889, and on July 29, 2008, it acquired a legislative basis in the National Security Council Law.
Structure and Personnel
The Head of the National Security Council and the National Security Advisor
- Gen. (Res.) David Ivri March 1999-January 2000.
- Gideon Shefer (Acting) January 2000-September 2000.
- Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan September 2000-September 2002.
- Ephraim Halevy September 2002-September 2003.
- Yisrael Michaeli (Acting) September 2003-January 2004.
- Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland January 2004-June 2006.
- Ilan Mizrahi June 2006-December 2007.
- Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dani Arditi December 2007-April 2009.
- Dr Uzi Arad April 2009-March 2011.
- Yaakov Amidror 2011.-2013
- Yossi Cohen 2013-
Foreign Policy Division
The National Security Council’s Foreign Policy Division is in charge of planning, integration and coordination of policy on major issues of national security. Key areas include policy towards the Palestinians, neighboring countries, regional and global powers, and energy security.
Security Policy Division
The Security Policy Division of the National Security Council coordinates the handling of those aspects of security that are connected with national security.
Strategic Issues Division
The webpage for this division states laconically "The division engages in the state of Israel's strategic issues."
The Economic Advisor assists other divisions with economic analysis.
The NSC's legal bureau oversees the the legal aspects of its work. One aspect of this is the legal aspect of terrorist finance.
- Israeli Ngo Sues Terrorists, Ties Up Pa Money, US Embassy Tel Aviv, 30 August 2007, published by Wikileaks, 1 September 2011.
- About Us, nsc.gov.il, accessed 16 July 2013.
- Council Chairman, nsc.gov.il, accessed 16 July 2013.
- Barak Ravid, The odd appointment of Netanyahu's new national security adviser, Haaretz, 22 October 2013.
- Foreign Policy Division, nsc.gov.il, accessed 16 July 2013.
- Security Policy Division, nsc.gov.il, accessed 16 July 2013.
- Strategic Issues Division, nsc.gov.il, accessed 16 July 2013.
- Counter Terrorism Bureau, nsc.gov.il, accessed 16 July 2013.
- Economic Advisor, nsc.gov.il, accessed 16 July 2013.
- Legal Advisor, nsc.gov.il, accessed 16 July 2013.