Israeli strategic affairs expert, Brigadier General (Ret.) Shlomo Brom, is a senior researcher at the Institute for
National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, Israel's leading national security think tank. He is also one of the
leaders of the Council on Peace and Security, an organization that brings together hundreds of high-ranking members
from Israel's security and diplomacy establishments to support a viable and sustainable peaceful resolution to the
conflict in the Middle East as a necessary step towards ensuring Israel's security and social resilience and
maintaining its democratic foundation in the long-term.
In 2011, Brom authored a short report for the Council on future defensible borders between Israel and the state of
Palestine in the context of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The report concludes that the 1967 lines, with
reasonable land swaps, would be defensible borders between Israel and the West Bank portion of the future state of
Palestine. We asked Brig. Gen. Brom, the former top strategic planner of the IDF, to explain why.