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Israeli Strategic Affairs Official: Jewish State Shifting From Defense to Offense in Fight Against Delegitimization

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Retired IDF Brig. Gen. Sima Vaknin-Gil, now the director general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Retired IDF Brig. Gen. Sima Vaknin-Gil, now the director general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Jewish state is shifting from defense to offense in the fight against delegitimization, a high-level Israeli government official told The Algemeiner.

Speaking with The Algemeiner on the sidelines of the National Israeli-American Council Conference in Washington, DC on Sunday, Sima Vaknin-Gil —  director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs — said the government was using information-gathering as a means to help it thwart the activities of anti-Israel individuals and groups around the world.

Vaknin-Gil — a retired IDF brigadier general, who served as the chief military censor between 2005 and 2015 — told The Algemeiner, “The government has defined delegitimization as one of the three main threats facing Israel that must be dealt with. While this is a threat that is not critical right now, if you take a long-term look, you see this as one that could develop.”

During the past year, Israel  began implementing a $26 million plan to combat delegitimization efforts — of which the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is one component.

Vaknin-Gil said her ministry, led by Likud minister Gilad Erdan, “sets strategy, puts activities into motion and cooperates with different organizations, both in Israel and abroad. We build the tools and infrastructure to combat delegitimization. The idea was to bring everything under one tent, rather than everyone operating independently.”

“The job of the ministry is to make sure the entire system is working to accomplish the mission in an effective manner,” she continued.

Vaknin-Gil warned that 2017 is expected to be a “very problematic” year, due to the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War — after which Israel took control of the West Bank from Jordan; the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt; and the Golan Heights from Syria — and the 100th anniversary of the issuing of the Balfour Declaration, in which the United Kingdom announced its support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

“These dates are going to be used to intensify anti-Israel activities,” Vaknin-Gil said. “So we are now preparing a plan to handle this. We must be ready.”

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  • ReformSchool

    Can no one beside the moderator look beyond a story’s scope?

    “While this is a threat that is not critical right now, if you take a long-term look, you see this as one that could develop.”

    Really? Is central command living in denial under a rock in de Nile?

    If this Dershowist, bureaucratic Peresite looked beyond Jerusalem, to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, university campuses everywhere, most of Africa, northern and western Europe and the Americas, would the seeds of the Holocaust magically appear on her radar?

    Is Eretz Yisrael immune to the parallel world plagues of Islamist Domination and the Leftist Dumbdown that has finally enabled it?

    When did the yiddisher kopp cease overflowing in the Homeland?

  • YJ Draiman

    Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria is Jewish territory – No annexation is required
    If anything it may need to be re-incorporated or re-patriated.
    Let me pose an interesting scenario. If you had a country and it was conquered by foreign powers over a period of time. After many years you have taken back you country and land in various defensive wars. Do you have to officially annex those territories? It was always your territory and by retaking control and possession of your territory it is again your original property and there is no need to annex it. The title to your property is valid today as it was many years before.
    Annexation only applies when you are taking over territory that was never yours to begin with, just like some European countries annexed territories of other countries.
    YJ Draiman
    Jews hold title to the Land of Greater Israel even if outnumbered a million to one.
    The fact that more foreigners than Jews occupied the Land of Israel during certain periods of time does not diminish true ownership. If my house is invaded by a family ten times larger that mine does that obviate my true ownership?
    Jewish roots and rights to all the land of Greater Israel are stronger than ever!
    “If I am turned out of hearth and home and remain outside one night, I am legally entitled to return the following day. If I suffer for ten, twenty, five thousand or fifty thousand nights, does my right of return stand in inverse relationship to the length of my exile? Quite the contrary; my right to return and recover my freedom becomes stronger in direct proportion to what I have endured, not by virtue of some abstract arithmetic, but because of the nights spent in exile, and because I want my children, to be spared a similar experience.”
    YJ Draiman

  • watsa46

    Should focus on mass media that deliberately lie and or misrepresent the truth. They should be warned and eventually get their credentials suspended and finally denied permanently in case of recidivism.

  • The delegitimization of Israel is a credible short and long-term threat. The funding level should be doubled to $52 million. Israel does not have the luxury of time to allow delegitimization to develop into a critical threat. The Knesset must pass legislation to restrict Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter in Israel. Finally, make sure 2017 is a very problematic year for those who deliberately deny Israel’s existence.

  • solange9

    It’s about time.

  • brenrod

    Delegitimatiztion obtains because the PM of Israel is unable to utter this simple truth to the world:


    If the PM of Israel cannot utter those words since he took office over 8 years ago then stop whining about others assuming it is not true.

    • ReformSchool

      Outmaneuvering the Obama onslaught for 7.75 of those 8+ years, which phrases Bibi chose were for him to choose, not his critics.
      Is every lie, repeated often enough without denial, now the truth?

  • atar vos

    it is a nice start. but again i am pushing the policy that israel treats all antisemites the same way as black September. they declared war on you, act that way. in war ppl get killed, they did choose their fate at the moment they declared that war. there they did lose their lives, not before!

    • Fraser Shortt

      did you just imply someone deserves to be murdered because they’re critical of the policies of the state of israel. …… wow. as long as there are israelis with this kind of murderous intransigence your nation will retain it’s pariah status.

  • Bert

    Just tell the truth about Jewish legal, historic and biblical rights rights to ALL the land of Israel with boldness and without apology. Also quote from the Koran Sura 5, Verse 20 and 21 which recognized the rights of the Jews to the land of Israel as given by G-d. Then condemn the U.N. and major powers for their crimes against the Jewish people. form ancient times to the present. We have the facts and must use them with boldness. Put Israel’s enemies on the defensive.

    • Left_Foot

      Yes, but in order to be on the offence, you must attack (politically) the enemy, by showing how the Arabs have conducted ethnic cleansing in all their countries, and what they did to almost one million Jews there, including the fact that all Jewish property was stolen. Having done that, they should compare the status of the Jews in Arab countries with the situations of the Arabs in Israel. As far as I can see, the plan is still defence.