About the Movement
Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS) is a non-partisan movement comprising the overwhelming majority of available retired IDF generals and their Mossad, Shin Bet (Security Agency) and Police equivalents, who are united in the conviction that an eventual two-state agreement with the Palestinians, as part of a regional security framework, is essential for Israel’s security as well as for its future as the democratic home of the Jewish People.
Cognizant of current conditions, CIS seeks to affect national policy and public discourse in the service of the dual objective of preserving conditions for an eventual two-state reality while improving short term security.
Thus, CIS members are convinced that:
- The illusion of a status quo, and current stalemate are detrimental to Israel’s security.
- The arguments over the availability of a partner must not serve as an excuse for inaction.
- The strength of our security agencies provides the government with the required ‘space’ for initiative.
- Until conditions ripen for a final status agreement, Israel must take independent action in the spirit of the CIS ‘Security First’ plan, thus:
- Improve the security of our people;
- Restore credibility to its commitment to a two-state outcome;
- Improve our country’s standing regionally and internationally;
- Start a gradual process of separation from the Palestinians;
- Preserve conditions for a future two-state agreement.
- Unilateral annexation of West Bank territory will doom prospects of separation and risk the very future of the Zionist enterprise.
With decades of security service each, CIS 281 generals seek no personal gain and are motivated solely by a commitment to the security and wellbeing of the state of Israel.
Driven by a sense of urgency given passed missed opportunities; current challenges and opportunities, and concern with the overall national direction, the CIS action plan for 2018 is focused on the single objective of persuading the Israeli public to demand of our leadership a commitment to
No Annexation. Separation!
The origins of the movement go back to 2014 when a number of senior, retired officers called upon the Prime Minster to adopt the Saudi Peace Initiative as a basis for negotiations and to set in motion a peace process with the Palestinians. Their call, entitled A Letter to the Prime Minister (published in Yediot Aharonot on 31 October 2014) was signed by 103 senior officers with the IDF rank of Brigadier General and above – or with parallel ranks in the Israel Security Agency, Mossad and Israel Police.
Since then, more than 100 more senior officers from all of Israel’s security services have joined the movement (for a full list click here). In the ensuing months, members of the movement formulated a number of security and political initiatives, while consulting colleagues in the Arab world and western countries. These proposals have now been submitted to Israel’s decision makers and the general public.