Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland

Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland is the former head of Israel's National Security Council. He is currently a senior research fellow at the Institute for national Security Studies.

Publications by Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland

Defensible Borders on the Golan Heights

Israeli-Syrian negotiations in 1999-2000 discussed security arrangements to compensate Israel for the loss of the Golan Heights. The idea was to guarantee that in case of war, IDF forces could quickly return to the place where they are currently stationed. This analysis demonstrates that Israel does not possess a plausible solution to its security needs without the Golan Heights. Not only was the “solution” proposed in the year 2000 implausible at the time, but changing circumstances have rendered Israel’s forfeiture of the Golan today an even more reckless act. Read More »

How the Changing Nature of Threats to Israel Affects Vital Security Arrangements

How do we resolve the dilemma of a peace agreement that includes handing over the Golan Heights to the Syrians, while facing the fact that Israel cannot be defended without the Golan Heights? The way around this was supposed to be a peace agreement with specific security arrangements. This approach was based on a number of misguided assumptions. Read More »

Defensible Borders on the Golan Heights

The Future of the Two-State Solution

While the outlines of a two-state solution are generally known, the maximum that any government of Israel will be ready to offer the Palestinians and still survive politically is much less than the minimum that any Palestinian leader can accept. So while the two-state solution is a very nice slogan, it cannot be achieved in the foreseeable future. We can either stay in the same situation and try to manage the conflict, or we can try to think of some other solution. Read More »

The Palestinian Authority and the Challenge of Palestinian Elections

The government of Israel could accept the roadmap because it differed from the Oslo process in one significant respect. In Oslo, the notion was that peace would bring security. The political process was to develop certain horizons for the Palestinian people, and hopes for a better future were to reduce the incentives and motivation for terrorism. But it didn’t work.
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Towards Aqaba: Challenges Facing Israel

There are five dimensions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all taking place simultaneously: the military activity on the ground; the narrative; the legitimacy of the tactics, methods, and means; the legitimacy of the leadership; and the capabilities of both societies to sustain the conflict. Read More »