Israel’s national identity is comprised of many components, which affect the country’s decision-making processes, and the society’s sentiments. In just 73 years, Israel has fought seven full-fledged wars and numerous armed conflicts, during which Israeli soldiers were often wounded, while others lost their lives. The Israeli ethos and national decision-making processes are greatly affected by our collective memory and our identification with bereaved families.
Israel’s Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut) celebrations begin at the closing of Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers. This signifies the public’s understanding that without the sacrifice of these lives, Israel would never exist.
Join us for a discussion about the effects of this memory on Israeli society and decision-makers, featuring Col. (res.) Yair Ben-Shalom, Director of Israel’s National Memorial Hall, and former Head of the IDF Casualties Department.