Former Israeli General Discusses National Security in the Middle East

Spring 2012

Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi recently visited Columbia Law School to discuss Israeli national security. The retired general presented his analysis of the country’s border security and said that the most pressing current threat to the country is the possibility that Iran might acquire a nuclear weapon. Visiting at the invitation of Professor Zohar Goshen, who serves as director of the Law School’s Center for Israeli Legal Studies, Ashkenazi concluded the discussion by taking questions from the audience on the future of the Middle East following the Arab Spring uprisings, as well as on the stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine, and the challenges of prisoner swap arrangements.