Former Head of the Mossad, Chairman, ICT Board of Directors & Chairman,Athena Human & Technology Integrated Solutions Ltd., Israel
Mr. Shavit was the director of the Mossad, Israel's Intelligence Services, from 1989 to 1996.Mr. Shavit held a variety of positions within the Mossad for over 32 years, until becoming head of the agency in 1989. He served in "Sayeret Matkal" - Israel's Elite Force, and received an advanced degree from Harvard University.After retiring from work in the security services, Shavit was the CEO of Maccabi Health Services Group for five years.Since 2001 Shavit has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Advisor to the Israeli National Security Council, Advisor to the Sub-Committee on intelligence of the Knesset, Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Member of the N.Y.F.D. Task Force for Future Preparedness against Terrorism. He is also Chairman of Athena Human & Technology Integrated Solutions Ltd.
Due to their preoccupation with the trivial and tasteless, our leaders have been blind to the development of Israel’s threat perception taking place right under their noses. Those with eyes in their heads and a basic understanding of historical processes, especially with regard to the Middle East, cannot help but be concerned about the smugness of our decision-makers.
One of the important conditions for a true democracy is a strong and dynamic middle class, and a central condition for the growth of the working class is a strong and liberal market economy.
It is a real pleasure to host you on the ICT's 16th International Conference. Many among the guests are familiar faces, others are newcomers.
The session was part of the ICT's 16th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism: "Unpuzzling Terrorism". Mr. Shavit discussed the question of whether our counter-terrorism efforts will be regarded in the eyes of history as successes or failures. He stated that history will only accept complete destruction of terrorism as success. Mr. Shavit also emphasized the importance of international cooperation to prevent terrorists from acquiring and using non-conventional weapons and urged the participants of the conference to learn from each other and for “common wisdom to prevail.”
The photograph published yesterday (11/24/15) of Secretary of State Kerry together with Prime Minister Netanyahu, documents more than the testimony of a thousand witnesses the deep deadlock the State of Israel is in with regard to the conflict with the Palestinians on the one hand, and its relationship with the United States on the other. Our geographical locus in the Middle East has transformed into a boiling cauldron, and we will be dragged under the scalding surface if we don’t take preemptive measures and think “out of the box” about what kind of Middle East the State of Israel needs and wants to advance in the wake of the present state of chaos.