Israel at War : A High-Level Military and Diplomatic Perspective


9:00 am

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How did the Israel-Hamas war reach its current stage, and what comes next? Join American Society of the University of Haifa (ASUH) at 12 pm ET on Thursday, November 16 for an inside look at Operation Iron Swords from two experts who have served at the upper echelons of the military and diplomatic arenas.

On October 7, former deputy IDF head Yair Golan was called upon to step up for his country at its darkest hour, rushing to the scene of the Nova Festival — where it would later emerge that more than 260 young people were being massacred by Hamas terrorists — and saving many lives. Golan, a former Deputy Minister of Economy and member of the Knesset representing Meretz from 2019-2022, is a reserve major general in the Israel Defense Forces and previously served as the IDF Deputy Chief of Staff, Commander of the Home Front Command and Commander of the Northern Command.

Golan will be speaking alongside Dov Weissglas, Chair of the Executive Committee to University of Haifa and former Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office under former Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon.

In his role as Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office, Weissglas served as a diplomatic delegate for negotiating with U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and was one of the key architects of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza. After his term finished in 2004, he continued to act as a special adviser to the Prime Minister for the rest of Sharon’s term, and he remained in this role under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after Sharon’s stroke until his resignation in June 2006.

Join us for a poignant and thought-provoking discussion on Golan’s lifesaving efforts on October 7, and hear both Golan and Weissglas share their expert analysis of Israel’s current ground invasion in Gaza. This webinar will include opening and closing remarks from ASUH’s CEO, Naomi Reinharz.