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From the Chairman

Prof. Zehev Tadmor

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This year, on 30.6.2017, Professor Omri Rand will retire from his position as Director of the Institute after five years of service. Prof. Moshe Sidi will replace him as of July 1, 2017.

 Prof. Omri Rand served for two terms. The first, of three years, was extended by another two-year term. This is the maximum that the regulations of the Neaman Institute allow for the tenure of the Institute's Director.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, and in my capacity as Chairman, I would like to extend my thanks to Professor Rand for his important contributions to the Institute during his years of productive tenure in both administrative matters and academic content. Through his work, Prof. Rand left his mark on the Institute for many years to come. Professor Rand's tenure was a period of change and upheaval because of the frenzy and repeated changes in governmental decisions regarding commissioned policy studies, and yet Prof. Rand managed to lead the Institute safely along the bumpy road dictated by the government.

Moshe Sidi is a tenured professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. For the past nine years, he has been a senior member of the Technion's Management team, serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President. Prof. Sidi's scientific work focuses on computer communication systems, with an emphasis on wireless networks and evaluating their effectiveness. I wish Prof. Sidi success in his new position. He brings with him extensive experience from his membership of the Technion Management team and a close acquaintance with national academic and scientific-technological policies.

Over the past year, the Institute has dealt with a range of important policy issues, which Prof. Rand will review in his introduction to the Annual Report. Here, in a few lines, I want to focus on three projects that the Institute has initiated over the past 15 years. All three have one common denominator: namely to try to look forward to medium range and long time-spans, and to ask ourselves the question where the State of Israel is heading?

 

The first project was "Conditions for the Prosperity of the State of Israel", headed by Prof. Aviezer Ravitzky, which began in 2004. The team members were Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Prof. Ruth Gavison, Prof. Moshe Halbertal, and Prof. Zehev Tadmor. It was an ambitious project of contemplating some of the fundamental problems facing the State of Israel. Each of the participants took upon him/herself the task of writing an independent essay, analyzing the current reality, with the intention of presenting recommendations for the future, while focusing on the opportunities and dangers facing the Jewish people and the State of Israel. The complete results of the studies can be found in a series of thoughtful articles on the SNI website.

The second project is "Israel 2028: Vision and Socio-Economic Strategy in a Global World". The project was co-sponsored by the United States Commission for Science and Technology and the Neaman Institute, and was led by a steering committee headed by Mr. Eli Hurvitz and chaired by Mr. David Brodet. In addition to these, the Steering Committee included Mr. Eli Opper, Maj. Gen. (res.) Isaac Ben-Israel, Mr. Yoram Yahav, Prof. Joshua Jortner, Mr. Raphael Maor, Mr. David Miron-Wapner, Mr. Sami Friedrich, and Prof. Zehev Tadmor.

The vision was defined as follows:

By the year 2028, "the State of Israel will be one of the ten to fifteen most developed countries in the world in terms of per capita income. It will work for the benefit of all its citizens, for quality of life, and for the future of the young generation. There will be an open and enlightened society whose economy is free, balanced, and fair, based on its cultural, scientific, and technological ability, and on the wealth of Israel's human capital, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The State will achieve all this in cooperation with all its sectors, while maintaining its values ​​and strengthening Israel's image in the eyes of its citizens, partners around the world, and the Jewish people".

It should be noted that this vision was defined in 2006. That is, five years before the great protest that swept over Israel in 2011 focused around social inequalities. The strategic plan was submitted to the Israeli government headed by Mr. Ehud Olmert, with the intention of adopting it as a national policy, but before it was implemented, the government fell. The summary document of the project, in Hebrew and English, can be downloaded from the Neaman Institute Website.

The third and most comprehensive project in the "trilogy" about the future of the State of Israel, which is currently being published, is "Grand Strategy for the State of Israel: Studies and Directions”, conceived and headed by Prof. Uzi Arad. The project was overseen by a Forum of 120 leading individuals from all walks of life in Israel. This project has just ended. The 400 page long Hebrew version has just been published and its English translation will be published in the coming months. It contains three major topics, each the results of intensive discussions by large working-groups of experts. “Grand Strategy an Outline for Regional and Global Policy and Arrangements” coordinated by Prof. Uzi Arad, Mr. Ephraim Halevi and Maj. Gen. (res.) David Ivry. “Science, Technology, and Education” coordinated by Prof. Yadin Dudai, Dr. Irit Edan, Prof. Dov Schwartz and Prof. Zehev Tadmor and  “Economics, Society, and Government” coordinated by Prof. Avi Ben-Bassat and Mr. Dror Strum.

The first public press reference to this work was published by the journalist Ben Caspit in the Ma'ariv newspaper on March 19, 2017 Quote:

"After the publication of my article [Ben Caspit], which drew quite a few responses, I discovered the "Forum for Israel's Grand Strategy". It turns out that for several years the best experts and brains have been at work on the raw idea I expressed somewhat cumbersomely in that article. An elite group of 120 scientists, professors, and experts in various fields, the pinnacle of the Israeli intelligentsia, has already been meeting for three years, working on a founding document whose essence is to formulate a Grand Strategy for the State of Israel. The founder and initiator of the idea is the feverishly working mind of Prof. Uzi Arad, the former national security adviser and head of the NSC law Israel needs a grand strategy. This is understood by almost everyone. Now, this document already exists. Uzi Arad's group have created an impressive, comprehensive, detailed, reasoned, and brilliant document. It will be published soon.

One can only hope that the content of this recent document dealing with the future of the state will be adopted, in whole or in part, by the decision makers".