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.
First published in Haaretz
Until the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, we said: It (political assassination) will never happen here. Then it happened and the rafters didn’t really shake all that much. A growing number of Jewish Israelis have even been calling for the scum who committed the murder to be released from prison. Lest anyone think that I’m the only prophet in town, here is a quote from a former prime minister.
First published in Hebrew on Haaretz
President Trump is not a visionary. Neither he defines goals and conduct an orderly planning process and hones strategies. His decisions and actions are akin to a cowboy shooting from the hip at any target that pops up along his route.
President Trump’s foreign and security policies on Middle East issues is trying to force Abbas to return to negotiations, instead of bringing Israel to the negotiating table on the basis of the peace initiative endorsed by Saudi Arabia and the Arab League in 2003.
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.