Prof. Stuart A. Cohen

Prof. Stuart A. Cohen

Prof. Stuart A. Cohen is a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and a former senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

Why the Schalit Decision Makes Military Sense

| October 27, 2011

The Schalit prisoner exchange was a rational and sensible recognition of the need to reaffirm society’s commitment to the welfare of its soldiers. The obligation of the state is even more pronounced in Israel’s case, as the IDF is a conscript army, in which far from all draft-age youngsters in fact serve.

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Flaws in General Eiland’s Alternatives

| February 7, 2010

There exists an alternative diplomatic option that Gen. Eiland did not examine in any depth: a unilateral Israeli dismantlement of the civilian
settlements established since 1967 in Judea and Samaria.

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Too Clever By Half? The Problematics of Demilitarization and Other Shadows in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s BESA Center Speech

| June 17, 2009

Netanyahu’s real purpose seems to be procrastination and shifting the onus of progress onto the Palestinians. This strategy could backfire, as other parties fill the diplomatic vacuum with proposals of their own. Netanyahu’s insistence on demilitarization opens the door to demands for mutual demilitarization.

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The Futility of Operation Cast Lead

| February 16, 2009

A review of the strategic, operational, societal and diplomatic dimensions of Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza produces an overall audit that is far from favorable. “Deterrence” is not a strategic objective and “punishment” is not a tool of realpolitik. The operation threatens to backfire in several ways.

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Has the IDF Earned the Support of the Israeli Public? An Interim Assessment of the IDF’s Performance in Operation Cast Lead

| January 4, 2009

The IDF gets an interim, mixed assessment for its early performance
in the war against Hamas, in three spheres: (a) public communications; (b) treatment of reservists; and (c) performance of the Rear Command.

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The False “Crisis” in Military Recruitment: An IDF Red Herring

| July 23, 2007

According to figures released by the IDF, 25% of Israeli male youth are shirking military duty. However, the statistics simply do not support this: Israeli enlistment remains at extraordinarily high levels. Why then the hysteria? The IDF is cynically seeking to legitimize its budget demands
by creating the aura of crisis.

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The IDF’’s Record in the Current Intifada: An Interim Scorecard

| February 27, 2005

At their recent meeting in Sharm-el-Sheik, Ariel Sharon and Abu Mazen announced the cessation of the hostilities that erupted in September 2000. Whether or not the ceasefire will hold remains, of course, to be seen. But its announcement certainly offers an opportunity for a retrospective, interim assessment of the IDF’s operational performance during the past four-and-a-half years of violence. Its record, however, is no better than mixed.

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The IDF and Israeli Society (Hebrew)

| April 1, 2001

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Towards a New Portrait of the (New) Israeli Soldier

| September 1, 1997

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Military, Economic and Strategic Aspects of the Middle East Peace Process

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