Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

Israel Defense Forces (IDF): In-Depth Reports

Have Some of the Palestinian Security Forces Gone Rogue?

Another attack on Israelis by a Palestinian officer. Read More »

Why Israel Opposes International Forces in the Jordan Valley

Why International Peacekeepers Cannot Replace the IDF in the Defense of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strong statement in June 2013 ruling out proposals for the deployment of international forces to defend Israel
was completely understandable given recent events. Read More »

Judea and Samaria: Challenges and Opportunities By Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon

Israel’s Strategic Reality

Imagine the behavior of radical non-state actors under an Iranian nuclear umbrella. They will be more aggressive and will dare to do things that perhaps right now they are not willing to do. Read More »

Why the Six-Day War Still Matters

In a period in which the delegitimization of Israel’s rights is at the heart of the agenda of its adversaries, Israeli diplomats must now more than ever speak up and stress the historical truth of what happened forty-five years ago and not let the twisted narrative being sold to the U.N. to take hold. Read More »

Targeted Killings and Double Standards

According to Human Rights Watch’s test of legality of targeted killings, there are significant differences between Israel’s policy and the policies of Western armies, which have resulted in far more civilian fatalities. Read More »

Updating Israel’s Security Policy

If you ask any Arab leader about the greatest threat, he will say Iran – not Israel – but not publicly. Read More »

From Gaza to Pakistan: Targeted Killing and International Law by Justus Reid Weiner

For long-range ops, IDF creates new Special Forces Command

The Israel Defense Forces is establishing a new “Depth Corps Force” to coordinate and execute multidisciplinary missions far from Israel’s borders, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz announced on Thursday.

“The primary task of the Corps will be to extend joint IDF operations into the strategic depth,” the army said in a statement.
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Newspaper Coverage of the Six-Day War

The 1967 Six-Day War changed the face of the Middle East and continues to influence international policy toward Israel. Read More »

Israel’s bitter lessons

It has become almost axiomatic for Western leaders who are aware of Israel’s acute military vulnerability to suggest that international forces be deployed to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It has even been suggested that the IDF withdraw from strategically vital parts of the West Bank, like the Jordan Valley, and instead let international forces take their place. This was in fact proposed in the past by General Jim Jones, President Barack Obama’s first national security adviser. Read More »

What Are the Palestinians Planning after September?

What the Palestinians really envisage after September is to exploit a UN endorsement of statehood to legitimize an escalation of the conflict. After having the 1967 lines recognized so as to negate the results of the Six-Day War, they plan to seek recognition of the 1947 partition lines. Read More »

Israel’s Military Justice System in Times of Terror

Why should Israel keep the rules of engagement and follow international law while fighting terrorists when the terrorists do not ? Israel is a civilized state and the Israeli soldier is not the same as the Palestinian terrorist. Israelis do not shoot at civilians or kill women and children, and they do not put bombs in buses. Read More »

Winning Counterinsurgency War: The Israeli Experience

Download the full report (pdf) Summary Contrary to popular belief, conventional armies can indeed defeat terrorist insurgencies. This study will detail the six basic conditions which, if met, enable an army to fight and win the war against terrorism, among […] Read More »