National Security Council (Israel)

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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.[1]

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.[1]

Structure and Personnel

The Head of the National Security Council and the National Security Advisor

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.[4]

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.[5]

Strategic Issues Division

The webpage for this division states laconically "The division engages in the state of Israel's strategic issues."[6]

Counter-Terrorism Bureau

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau was founded in in 1996 to co-ordinate all bodies working in the field.[7]

Economic Advisor

The Economic Advisor assists other divisions with economic analysis.[8]

Legal Advisor

The NSC's legal bureau oversees the the legal aspects of its work. One aspect of this is the legal aspect of terrorist finance.[9]

External resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 About Us,, accessed 16 July 2013.
  2. Council Chairman,, accessed 16 July 2013.
  3. Barak Ravid, The odd appointment of Netanyahu's new national security adviser, Haaretz, 22 October 2013.
  4. Foreign Policy Division,, accessed 16 July 2013.
  5. Security Policy Division,, accessed 16 July 2013.
  6. Strategic Issues Division,, accessed 16 July 2013.
  7. Counter Terrorism Bureau,, accessed 16 July 2013.
  8. Economic Advisor,, accessed 16 July 2013.