Brigadier General Avigdor Kahalani: Security of Israel (Public Lecture)

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The Prague Centre for Transatlantic Relations (PCTR) and the Center Sion organized a public lecture “Security of Israel” with Brigadier General Avigdora Kahalani. The event took place on 13th of October in the atrium of the CEVRO Institute. The lecture was opened and moderated by Tomas Pojar, the former Czech Ambassador to the State of Israel and Vice president of the CEVRO Institute.

General Kahalani is a legend of the Israeli Defense Forces. Moreover, he was also a member of the first Netanyahu´s Cabinet in the position of the Minister of Public Security in the 27th  Israel government from 1996 to 1999. He visited the Czech Republic on the occasion of the Czech edition of his publication: Tanks which saved Israel (previously released under the name The tanks against tanks), which maps out their combat deployment in the Yom Kippur War, where he served as Lieutenant Colonel and a Battalion Commander.

The special guest shared with the public memories from the Yom Kippur War. The lecture was followed by a discussion and questions from the audience. In addition to the current problems - such as the migratory crisis or Syrian conflict - General Kahalani was also asked whether or not they are tanks outdated weapons. General Kahalani said: "Of course not." At the end of the event he was signing his new monograph, which the audience could purchase during the day of the event.

We would like to thank our media partners: Civic Institute, Czech-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, journal Defense and Strategy and Eretz.cz. We would also like to thank for the support Česká zbrojovka, the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the university IDC Herzliya and Mr. Petr Mothejl.