ETHICS OF WAR
March 1st 2016
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Reservists on Duty, a non-profit and non-governmental organization which was founded in December 2015, had their first conference in Israel on March 1st in Rishpon.
Our main goal is to bring the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the public’s attention, both in Israel and abroad. The idea is to work by presenting facts, personal testimonies and debating the ethical dilemmas that are built in any asymmetrical conflict. The conference on Tuesday March 1 st , was packed full of IDF officers, and members of Israeli society hailing from all sorts of backgrounds.
The common goal in the room was the want of those participating to properly learn what this new organization was brining into Israeli society, the values they stood for, and to enjoy the distinguished speakers. The night was kicked off with President Reuven Rivlin, the 10th resident of the State of Israel addressing the audience stressing the importance of the organization and the priceless work that they did and plan to do. He finished off to a standing ovation and loud clapping, the crowd clearly showed a love and respect for their president.
The next at the podium was Amit Deri, the founder of Reservists on Duty and a Major in IDF Reserves who vividly discussed the background and reasons for the founding of the NGO, their mission and values, together with clearly stating strong plans for the future both in Israel and on an international level.
Subsequent Asa Kasher, an Israeli philosopher and linguist working at Tel Aviv University lectured the crowd on the topic on the war of terror followed by Yuval Diskin, the 12th Director of the Israeli Internal Security Service Shabak (frequently referred to in English as the ‘Shin Bet’) who served in that position till 2011 who used his vast knowledge and experience on the security and military situation in Israel to offer advice and valuable insights on the current and previous situations in Israel.
Directly after Diskin, the crowd was addressed by Ben-Dror Yemini, a senior journalist with the Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronoth who delivered an particularly interesting presentation regarding the organization called BDS, he talked in depth about its founding, it’s unfortunate growth, the people behind it, and themilitary’s correlation to it.
The crowd then had a coffee and mingling break where they had the opportunity to meet and chat with the speakers while enjoying snacks and hot drinks. After the break, the crowd was presented with a panel including most of the speakers and a few new faces such as Avi Mizrachi & Gershon Cohen, both major generals in the IDF reserves, and Pnina Sharvit Baruch, who had served over 2o years in the IDF’s international law department. The panel was hosted by Avri Gilad, an Israeli media personality.
Overall, the panel was a huge success with an incredible outcome of participants, renowned speakers, and a well thought out schedule. The conference definitely helped the NGO reach new height in their importance to Israeli society.