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Building a Political Firewall Against Israel’s Delegitimization

Building a Political Firewall Against Israel’s Delegitimization

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Building a Political FirewallAgainst Israel's Delegitimization
Conceptual Framework
 
Version ASubmitted to the10
th
Herzliya ConferenceAdar 5770March 2010
 
 
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March, 2010
 
Table of Contents
Table of Contents............................................................................................................2The Reut Institute’s Political Security Team...............................................................4Acknowledgements.........................................................................................................5Glossary / Concepts......................................................................................................10Executive Summary......................................................................................................13Guidelines for Quick Reading / Note on English Translation..................................19Background and Introduction.....................................................................................19
The Reut Institute: Fundamental Impact in the National Security Field.......................19
 
Second Lebanon War & Operation Cast Lead Exposed Strength of Delegitimization.21
 
Something New Under the Sun: A New Strategic-Existential Challenge........................22
 
Aim of the Document: Definition, Characterization, and Suggested Response.............23
 
Caveat: Fundamental Delegitimization vs. Criticism.......................................................25
 
Chapter 1: Israel’s Security & Foreign Policy Doctrine:Let the Army ‘Win’......................................................................................................26
Ben-Gurion’s Seminar and Israel’s National Security Doctrine.....................................26
 
The Inversion: From Foreign Affairs to Security.............................................................26
 
Chapter 2: The Assault on Israel’s Political-Economic Model:The Resistance Network Aims for Israel’s Implosion...............................................31
From the Logic of Destruction to Logic of Implosion.......................................................31
 
The New Logic of Implosion: Assault on Israel's Political-Economic Model.................32
 
Implosion: From Logic to Strategy....................................................................................35
 
Summary Table: Conceptual Strategic Inferiority...........................................................38
 
Chapter 3: The Attack on Israel’s Political-Economic Model:The Delegitimization Network Aims to Turn Israel into a Pariah State.................40
Anti-Zionism is Gaining Momentum.................................................................................40
 
Introduction to the Science of Networks: We live in a World of Networks....................42
 
The Delegitimization Network............................................................................................43
 
Following Apartheid South Africa's Footsteps: One Person, One Vote.........................44
 
Mainstreaming Delegitimization: Branding, Cooperation, and Simplicity....................45
 
Delegitimization Dynamics in a Hub: London as a Case Study.......................................48
 
Chapter 4: The Explosive Feedback Loop betweenthe 'Logic of Implosion' and Delegitimization in the Palestinian Arena.................53
Mid-Term Report: Israel is Paying a Tangible Strategic Price.......................................53
 
Catch-22 in the Palestinian Arena: Should Israel Stay or Leave?...................................55
 
The Palestinian Issue is a Pretext. The Next Issue: Israel’s Arab citizens......................56
 
Summary: Explosive Combo – Implosion Strategy & Delegitimization Network.........57
 
 
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Chapter 5: Relevancy Gap of Israel’sSecurity and Foreign Policy Doctrine.........................................................................59
Summary: Assumptions Underlying Israel's Current Doctrine......................................59
 
Table Summary: Gaps between Doctrine and Reality.....................................................62
 
Foreign Affairs Establishment Not Designed to Address Delegitimization....................65
 
Chapter 6: Policy Directions:From Defense to Relationship-Based, Network-Based Offense...............................68
Policy and Hasbara are Important, but Insufficient.........................................................68
 
The 'Synchronized Victories' Concept...............................................................................68
 
Principles of Response: From Defense to Offense.............................................................68
 
The Threat: Strategic, and Potentially Existential............................................................69
 
It Takes a Network to Fight a Network; Relationship-Based Diplomacy.......................70
 
The Clash of Brands............................................................................................................73
 
Establishing a ‘Price Tag’...................................................................................................74
 
Let the Locals Guide............................................................................................................74
 
Re-organizing Israel's Foreign Affairs Establishment.....................................................74
 
Appendix A: Erosion of Israel’s International Standing: A Sample of Events.....76Appendix B: The Reut Institute: Frequently Asked Questions..............................81
Legal Status and History.....................................................................................................81
 
Vision, Mission, Strategy, and Unique Value Proposition................................................81
 
Operations............................................................................................................................87
 
Appendix C: Bibliography...........................................................................................89

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