In light of a widening range of threats to Israel’s security, for the first time a group of senior Israeli generals has come together to outline the basic principles of a defense policy – rooted in a consensus spanning past and present Israeli governments – which is focused on Israel maintaining defensible borders.
The crisis over the Hamas flotilla to Gaza illustrates how some of Israel’s critical alliances in the Middle East are changing, especially its relationship with Turkey, and the importance of designing a defense policy that takes into account the uncertainties that Israel faces with many of its neighbors.
Recent events only underscore that it is critical for Israel to preserve the principle of defending itself by itself.
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Dr. Dore Gold
Restoring a Security-First Peace Policy
Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon
Defensible Borders to Secure Israel’s Future
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan
The U.S. and “Defensible Borders”
Dr. Dore Gold
Key Principles of a Demilitarized Palestinian State
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Ze’evi Farkash
Control of Territorial Airspace and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel
The Risks of Foreign Peacekeeping Forces in the West Bank
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror
About the Authors
• Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs; former IDF Chief of Staff
• Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Uzi Dayan, former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff; former Chairman of Israel’s National Security Council
• Dr. Dore Gold, President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations
• Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Aharon Ze’evi Farkash, former Director of IDF Intelligence
• Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Udi Dekel, former Head of IDF Strategic Planning Division; former Head of the Negotiation Unit, Office of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
• Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, former Head of the Research and Assessment Division, IDF Intelligence; Program Director, Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
• Dan Diker, Senior Foreign Policy Analyst, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute