Dr. Eitan Shamir

Dr. Eitan Shamir

Dr. Eitan Shamir

(Ph.D. Kings College) Former head of the National Security Doctrine Department in the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs. Expert on insurgencies and combat doctrine. Email: [email protected]

Medium-Intensity Threats: The Case for Beefed-Up IDF Ground Forces

and | October 26, 2016

Some pundits contend that in the absence of a direct threat from state armies, and in a situation where terror, guerrilla and rocket threats predominate, Israel no longer needs heavy maneuvering formations. This study argues the contrary.

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Gadi Eisenkot’s Challenges and Opportunities

| December 8, 2014

Unlike many previous chiefs-of-staff for Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF), whose appointments were shadowed by controversies, the nomination this past week of Maj. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot as the 21st commander of the IDF has been widely welcomed.

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Mowing the Grass in Gaza

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

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Neglect of IDF Ground Forces: A Risk to Israel’s Security

and | December 4, 2013

Dramatic cuts to the IDF budget have forced the army to reduce its ground forces capabilities. This is a mistake, as the IDF still must rely on its ground forces to deal with its threats, specifically Hamas and Hizballah.

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Mowing the Grass: Israel’s Strategy for Protracted Intractable Conflict

and | December 1, 2013

“Mowing the Grass” is Israel’s strategy for a protracted intractable conflict. Only after showing restraint in its military responses does Israel act to destroy enemy capabilities, hoping that occasional large-scale operations also have a temporary deterrent effect to create quiet along its borders.

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Operation Pillar of Defense: An Initial Assessment

| December 4, 2012

The operation also proved Israel’s determination to act forcefully in the post “Arab Spring” environment. However, the lack of a ground offensive allowed Hamas to craft a victory narrative and gave it the potential to re-arm.

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