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Efraim Inbar, President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security
About this webinar:
As the old saying goes, “where you stand has a great deal to do with where you sit.” While the Biden administration has reassured the public that they want to negotiate a “longer and stronger deal with Iran,” to those who live in the Middle East, this might sound incurably naïve. The latest offer from the United States to lift some sanctions in order to get Iran to sit down at the negotiating table was summarily rejected.
To many observers, it appears that the United States is anxious to “just make a deal” with Iran, and that they do not understand Tehran’s history of negotiations. However, those in the Middle East, have looked at the results of the 2015 negotiations with the Islamic Republic, and may well believe that we here have little appreciation of the very real existential threat that Israel and our Gulf allies are under. That threat will only be enhanced if the talks, for any of a multitude of reasons, begin to go awry.
For the United States, which is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on our East, the Pacific on our West and which is over 7,000 miles away from Tehran, this might appear to be an “academic” issue, but for Israel and our Gulf Arab allies, this constitutes a very real, existential threat.
Here to discuss this and what the Israelis might well feel that they have to do to be able to survive is Professor Efraim Inbar.
Prof. Efraim Inbar is President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security. He was a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and the founding Director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies.
Inbar’s area of specialization is Middle Eastern strategic issues with a special interest in the politics and strategy of Israeli national security. He has written over 100 scholarly articles. 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). He has also edited fourteen collections of articles.
Inbar was educated at the Hebrew University (B.A. in Political Science and English Literature) and at the University of Chicago (M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science). He served as a visiting professor at JohnsHopkins University, at Georgetown University, at Boston University, as visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington) and at the (London) International Institute for Strategic Studies. Prof. Inbar was appointed as a Manfred Warner NATO Fellow and was the recipient of the Onassis Fellowship.
Prof. Inbar was a member of the Political Strategic Committee of the National Planning Council and the Chair of the Committee for the National Security Curriculum at the Ministry of Education. He served on the Academic Committee of the History Department of the IDF and as the President of the Israel Association of International Studies. He is widely quoted in the international press.
He served in the IDF as a paratrooper.