Perspectives Papers

Perspectives Papers provide analysis from BESA Center research associates and other outside experts on the most important issues pertaining to Israel and the Middle East.

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Hamas Underground Warfare

No. 259
| July 27, 2014

The IDF must develop the technology and the tactical skills to locate, map and destroy Gaza’s tunnels.


הדילמה במבצע צוק איתן

No. 258

המבצע נכנס לשבוע השלישי והדילמה האמתית נותרה ללא מענה ובה יש לעסוק בימים הקרובים: הפסקת אש שתוביל לסיבוב נוסף בעתיד, או מבצע ארוך וקשה שבסופו יושג שקט ללא ירי על ישראל.


The War With Hamas; Decision Time Approaching

No. 257

Israel must decide whether it is willing to tolerate a chronic Hamas threat or risk a long, difficult operation to get rid of it.


Strategic Implications of Operation Protective Edge

No. 256
| July 22, 2014

The current Israel-Hamas war will have broad strategic implications that go far beyond the immediate results on the battlefield.


Mowing the Grass in Gaza

No. 255

Against an implacable, well-entrenched, non-state enemy like the Hamas, Israel needs to “mow the grass” once in a while in order to degrade enemy capabilities


A Gaza Ceasefire Now Would Be a Strategic Miss

No. 254
| July 15, 2014

Israel didn’t effect a significant change in the security balance versus Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A draw with the Hamas is strategically unsatisfactory.


Hit Hamas Hard to Create a Different Strategic Balance Against Islamic Terrorism

No. 253
| July 9, 2014

It is time for a full-scale offensive against Hamas and the other Islamist-Jihadist groups in Gaza.


Has Syria’s Chemical Weapons Arsenal Truly Been Dismantled?

No. 252

June 30 marks the due date for the complete disarmament of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. Although Assad may have relinquished the majority of his chemical weapons stockpile, the regime most probably possesses additional ‘undeclared’ facilities.


The Flimsy Palestinian “Unity” Government

No. 251
| June 26, 2014

The Hamas-Fatah agreement is just another example of false unity in the Arab world and is already unraveling.


Dangerous and False Palestinian “Unity”

| June 5, 2014

As long as the military branch of Hamas remains independent, there is no Palestinian ‘unity’ and certainly no possibility of peace with Israel.