08.02.2016

Israel’s Strategic Outlook in a Disintegrating Region

Summary of the 1st of three meetings co-hosted by The MITVIM Institute, The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and the Middle East Institute

Jerusalem

Temple Mount

Israel finds itself surrounded by a region in turmoil and transition. The collapse of neighboring states, the emer- gence of regional powers and the U.S. withdrawal as the

security guarantor of the Middle East all present new threats and opportunities for Israel. It was in this context that Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and the Middle East In- stitute convened a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., to address the questions of Israel’s strategic engage- ment in this rapidly changing region. Participants debated Israel’s internal political situation and the constraints of

a stalled peace process on Israel’s ability to engage the region. Participants also explored the future of Israel’s re- lations with the United States, Europe and the Arab world as regional dynamics change and power balances shift. The discussion took place on November 20, 2015, bring- ing together 19 experts, including diplomats, politicians and think tank leaders. This paper summarizes main points from the analysis and recommendations voiced by vari- ous participants during the discussion. It does not reflect a consensus of all or even some of the participants or the hosting organizations. 

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