Third Herzliya Conference

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The Third Herzliya Conference took place on 2-4 December 2002.[1]


Monday, December 2, 2002

17:00 First Session: The Balance of Israel’s National Security – Assessment and Comparative Measures

Introduction to the Conference

'“The Balance of National Security”

“The Composite Herzliya Indices: Objective Dimension”, Task Force Report

  • Dr. Rafi Melnick, The Arison School of Business, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

"The Composite Herzliya Indices: the Military Dimension", Task Force Report

“The Composite Herzliya Indices: Subjective Dimension” Task Force Report

  • Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor, Chair, National Security Studies Center, Haifa University


  • Opened by: Prof. Gabriel Sheffer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

19:15 Opening Ceremony


Lighting of the of Hanukkah candles


“America’s Sense of Purpose”

“From Geopolitics to Global Politics”

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

08:30 Second Session: The Gulf Theater - Threats, Readiness and Responses

“Biological Threat”

“Conflicts in the Second and Third Circles”

“Long Range Naval Power”

“Dilemmas in the Use of Force in the New Strategic Environment”


  • Opened by: Ms. Thérèse Delpech, Head of Direction of Strategic Affairs, French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

11:30 Third Session: The Homefront – Threats and Readiness

  • Chair: Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yaron, Director General, Ministry of Defense

“Threats Assessments and the Homefront”

”The Homefront – Threats and Preparations”, Task Force Report



14:45 Fourth Session: A View of the Future – Regional Trends and Processes

“Regional Demographic Trends and their Implications”

“Future Trends in the Vicinity of Israel”

  • Prof. Arnon Sofer, National Security Studies Center, Haifa University

“Exporting Democracy to the Middle East”

“Democracy as a Foundation to Peace”

  • MK Nathan Sharansky, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Construction

“Trends in Fundamentalist Islam”


16:45 Fifth Session: Options for the Middle East Negotiating Process

  • Chair: Ambassador Yoav Biran, Acting General Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

“Israel’s Policy: Alternatives and Decision”

“Alternative Courses for American Diplomacy in the Middle East Negotiations’ Process”

“International Participation in Conflict Management”, Task Force Report

“Trusteeship for the Palestinians”

“A Southern Palestinian State”

  • Brig. Gen. (res.) Ephraim Eitam, Minister of National Infrastructures

“Palestinian Statehood and Bounded Independence”

“A Regional Solution for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

  • Mr. Israel Harel, Head of the Center for Religious Zionism, Hartman Institute


19:00 Sixth Session: The Role of Regional Cooperation in Promoting Stability and Political Arrangements

“Leveraging Mediterranean Regional Cooperation for Development and Change”

“Turkish-Israeli Relations and Regional Peace”

  • Mr. Hikmet Çetin, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

“Economic and Social Aspects of Regional Cooperation”


  • Opened by: Mr. Mati Kochavi, Chairman, Optical Solutions, Inc.

20: 30 Dinner

  • Chair: Maj. Gen. (res.) Meir Amit, Chair, Center of Special Studies

“Roadmap and Roadblocks: A Practical Approach to Peacemaking”

Wednesday, December 4, 2002

8:30 Seventh Session: A New Strategy of Governance In memoriam of Prof. Ehud Sprinzak

  • Chair: Prof. Uriel Reichman, President, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
  • “A Government Reform” - Prof. Yehezkel Dror, The Hebrew University of Jerusalemand Founding President of the Jewish People Policy Institute
  • “Fiscal Consolidation” - Dr. Rafi Melnick, The Arison School of Business, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
  • “Reforming the Public Service” - Col. (res.) Mordechai Shapira, CEO, Israel Federation of Independent Organizations
  • Discussion - Opened by: MK Haim Ramon, Chair, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

10:15 Eighth Session: The Future of the Economy in the Face of Demographic Trends

“The Implications of the Demographic Trends for Israel’s Economy”, Task Force Report

“Equilibrium and Disequilibrium in the Israeli Economy”

  • Dr. Momi Dahan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


12:00 Ninth Session: Competitiveness, Growth and the Future of the Economy

  • Chair: Dr. Leora Meridor, Chair of the Boards of Bezeq International and Poalim Financial Markets and Investments

“High-Tech Industry as the Chief Driver of Israeli Economic Growth”, Task Force Report

  • Mr. Eli Ayalon, Chairman of the Board & CEO, DSP Group, Inc.

“A National Policy for Economic Growth”

“Economic Competitiveness in the face of Security Challenges”

  • Dr. Daniel S. Goldin, Senior Fellow, Council on Competitiveness and Former NASA Administrator



15:00 Tenth Session: Israel’s Credit Ratings and Economic Resilience

“The Relationship between the International Rating and the Banks’ Rating”

  • Mr. Eitan Raff, Chairman, Board of Directors, Bank Leumi

“Determining National Rating and its Impact on Economic Policy: The Latin American Experience”

”The Distinction between Domestic Debt and External Debt: The Rating Firms’ View”

”A Comparative Assessment of Sources of Weakness and Strength in Israel’s International Rating”

  • Mr. Eldad Fersher, Deputy General Accountant, Ministry of Finance


  • Opened by: Prof. Amir Barnea, The Arison School of Business, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

16:45 Eleventh Session: The New International Frontlines

“Israel in the New International Media Environment”, Task Force Report

“The International Legal Revolution: Implications for Israel”

“The Jewish World Approach to Anti-Semitism from the Arab World”

“The Policy of Israel and of the Jewish People in the New International Environment”


  • Opened by: Ambassador Alan Baker, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Nimrod Barkan, Head of the Diaspora Branch, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

19:00 Twelfth Session: Trends in the Jewish World and their Consequences

  • Chair: Maj. Gen. (res.) Giora Rom, General Director, The Jewish Agency for Israel

”Demographic Shifts in the Jewish World – Forecasts and Implications”, Task Force Report,

  • Prof. Sergio DellaPergola, Harman Institute of Contemporary Judaism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Ms. Carole Solomon, The Board of Governors’ Executive Committee, The Jewish Agency for Israel


  • Opened by: Maj. Gen. (res.) Giora Rom, General Director, The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mr. Felix Posen, The Posen Foundation

20:30 The Closing Session

  • Chair: Ambassador Zalman Shoval, Chair, Governing Council, The Institute of Policy and Strategy, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
  • Prof. Uriel Reichman, President, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
  • Mr. Sallai Meridor, Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization
  • The Prime Minister of Israel, MK Ariel Sharon


Closing Remarks,

  • Dr. Uzi Arad, Conference Chair and Director, Institute of Policy and Strategy, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya[2]

External resources


  1. The 3rd Conference - 2002,, accessed 7 June 2012.
  2. The Third Herzliya Conference Program and Proceedings,, accessed 7 June 2012.