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Ukraine – A Case Study: Moral Considerations in Israel’s Foreign Policy

The war in Ukraine raises a fundamental dilemma: should Israel’s foreign policy, as a Jewish and democratic state, give increased weight to moral considerations? Perhaps moral consideration is itself part of strengthening Israel’s national resilience? The conference will examine key principles and test cases of the issue.

Read the report
"Should Moral Considerations be Brought to Bear in Foreign and Security Policy? Attitudes of Israeli Jews" ->

Selected media coverage:
"Dennis Ross to TML: Israel’s Stance on Russia-Ukraine War Is Balanced" ->

"Ex-Mossad chief Pardo: Gov’t, opposition morally lost on Ukraine" ->

The conference was held in honor of Mr. Tamir Pardo, former director of the Mossad,
joining the Jewish People Policy Institute as a Senior Fellow and Co-Head of its Geopolitics Program.

Opening Remarks: Geopolitics and the Jewish Public Space – Prof. Yedidia Stern, President, JPPI, and Ms. Amira Ahronoviz, CEO & Director General, the Jewish Agency for Israel

Session One: Key Principles – Chaired by Dr. Shuki Friedman, Vice President, JPPI
Philosophical Aspects – Prof. Moshe Halbertal, The Hebrew University
Military Aspects – Maj. General (Res.) Prof. Yishai Beer, Reichman University
Legal Aspects – Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, Bar Ilan University and JPPI
Policy Aspects – Mr. Avi Gil, JPPI

Israeli Public Attitudes – Mr. Shmuel Rosner, JPPI

Keynote Address by Mr. Tamir Pardo – Moral Considerations in Foreign Policy: Between Principle and Action

Session Two: Test Cases, Chaired by Ms. Noa Israeli, JPPI
The Crisis in Ukraine – Ms. Limor Livnat, former Minister of Education
The Palestinian Arena – Dr. Einat Wilf, JPPI, and Ms. Zehava Gal-On, former Meretz Leader
Weapons and Technology Sales – Gen. (Res) Amos Yaron, former Director General of the Ministry of Defense,
and Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, Director, Tzohar Center for Jewish Ethics

Closing Address by Amb. Dennis Ross, Co-Chair, JPPI – Geopolitics and Moral Considerations