Israel Facing a New Middle East

Israel Facing a New Middle East

In Search of a National Security Strategy

Authors: Itamar Rabinovich, Itai Brun
ISBN: 978-0-8179-2044-9
Publication Date: 4/1/2017

New challenges, new realities: Israel’s national security strategy

In Israel Facing a New Middle East, Itamar Rabinovich and Itai Brun discuss the evolution of Israel's national security, military doctrine, and policies in light of today's challenges and changes in the Middle East. With an emphasis on two key periods—the years 1979 to 1982 (and their subsequent impact) and the current Middle Eastern turmoil—they review national security strategy, the cabinet level’s national security policy, and the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) military strategy.

The authors describe how, despite the absence of a full-fledged formal grand strategy and structural and political obstacles, Israel has done fairly well in decades of war and conflict. They show how the IDF has played the most effective role in formulating and executing an expanded version of its mission. They discuss the first Gulf War, the withdrawal from Lebanon, Israel’s response to the Arab Spring and the Arab turmoil, and other key events affecting the practice of Israel’s national security policy.

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Itai Brun

Brigadier General Itai Brun is the former head of Analysis Division, Directorate of Military Intelligence, of the Israel Defense Forces. His book Intelligence Analysis: Understanding Reality in Times of Dramatic Changes was recently published in Hebrew.




Itamar Rabinovich

Itamar Rabinovich is president of the Israel Institute. He served as Israel’s ambassador to Washington and chief negotiator with Syria and was president of Tel Aviv University. He is a professor emeritus of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University, distinguished global professor at New York University, and a distinguished senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is The Lingering Conflict: Israel, the Arabs, and the Middle East 1948–2011 (Brookings Institution Press, 2012).




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Preface
1 The Evolution of Israel’s National Security Doctrine
      David Ben Gurion’s Security Review
      The Sinai Campaign
      The Six-Day War
      The War of Attrition
      The October War of 1973
      The Israeli-Egyptian Peace
      The 1980s Ground Maneuver Crisis
           The 1982 War in Lebanon
           The Debate on the Original Operational Concept
           Lebanon’s Long Term Impact
2 New Challenges for Israel’s National Security
      The Evolution of the Operational Concept of the “Other Side”
           The 1980s
           The 1990s
      The Rise of the Organizations
      A New Operational Concept
      The First Palestinian Intifada
      Military Operations of the 1990s
           The First Gulf War
           Public Discussion on Firepower
           Accountability and Grapes of Wrath
      The IDF and Israeli Society
      The “Lebanese Mud”
      Technological Developments
      Air Force Activity in Lebanon
      A Decade of Diplomacy and New Patterns of Confrontation
      The US Perspective
3 Facing Reality: Lebanon and Gaza
      The Withdrawal from Lebanon
      Coping with the Second Intifada (Operation Ebb and Flow)
      A New Operational Concept
      Massive Changes in the Twenty-First Century
      The Second Lebanon War
      Was it a War?
      What Did Israel Try to Accomplish?
      What Tasks Were Assigned to the IDF?
      How Was Military Force Employed?
           First Phase
           Second Phase
           Third Phase
      A Ten-Year Retrospective
      The Gaza Challenge
      Three Military Campaigns (28–2014)
           Operation Cast Lead
           The Mavi Marmara Affair
           Operation Pillar of Fire
           Operation Protective Edge
4 The Arab Spring and the Arab Turmoil: A New Middle Eastern Reality
      Israel’s Immediate Response
      The IDF’s Response to the New Regional Order
      Three Levels of Israeli Strategy and Security Policy
Source Notes
Bibliography
About the Authors
About the Hoover Institution’s Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order
Index



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