Time Is on Israel's Side

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Mideast Security and Policy Studies No. 103

Israel is a small country, and the national security of small countries is more precarious than that of large countries. Indeed, since Israel’s establishment it has dealt with existential threats from its neighbors. This study argues that – despite the need for constant political prudence – not only is Israel a big success story, time is definitely on Israel’s side. A review of the variables that influence Israel’s ability to successfully withstand protracted conflict leaves room for optimism. A survey of the military balance between Israel and her enemies, internal factors that influence national power – such as the economy, social cohesiveness, and the political system – and Israel’s standing in the international community indicate long term processes that favor Israel over its regional foes. After sixty-five years of existence, the State of Israel can be confident in its ability to overcome the challenges that stand in its path.

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Prof. Efraim Inbar
Prof. Efraim Inbar

Prof. Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, is a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

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  1. BySema kalaycioglu | 3 years ago

    Dear Efraim,
    I enjoyed reading your article very much. I have few comments and questions if I may with my appeciations:
    1. p:7 paragraph:3 How come Iran makes the very same argument about having nuclear weapons and never gets its word accepted.
    2. p:8 Never doubted the strong economy, which is has solid advanced technology foundations, even though some sectors have lost competitiveness over time.
    3.p: 10 paragraph:5 I especially like your strong society argument, which can only be done for few countries ike Japan.
    4. p:12 paargraph 4: How and as a result of what the "Ashkenazi-Sefardim cleavage you mention became less divisive in recent times? I hope your answer would be "natural secularisation". But The Economist of the week August 30, had a coverage about the Karaims. Do you think as small as their communities may be, they still constitute an axis for divisiveness?
    5.p: 12 paragraph 3: Which economic regime those who disagree with capitalism, offer as an alternative? Do you think they have some kind of a collective memorry for those early days of collectivism?
    5. p:16. As oppose to many I never thought Israel has ever been an isolated country. And it will never be. It may be like an island on land. But not in isolation.
    6.p: 17 paragraph 4: To me Israel keeps the best relations(economically and socially) when religion is kept out of the picture. For that matter you may refer those countries of the Caucases and the Central Asia as Muslim states(could state have religion? Could it afford to have religion?) I believe they still have the secular traditions of the Soviet times.
    7. p:18 following my argument from the previous comment and question, I wihh you do not make constant reference to the " Jewish State".
    8. For me merits count. Accomplishments count, humanitarian aspects, respect for humanity, nature and environment count. As I do not care what religion you have or you may follow personally( but I respect very much) as long as you are a good, hard-working, peace loving person and a reliable friend, father, brother and neighbor. So why should any one care what the religion of the Israeli state is?

    With my very best to you and hope to see you again. Sema

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