Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror

Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council. Served 36 years in senior IDF posts, including commander of the Military Colleges, military secretary to the Minister of Defense, director of the Intelligence Analysis Division in Military Intelligence, and chief intelligence officer of the Northern Command. Author of three books on intelligence and military strategy.

This is Not the Third Intifada

As hard as it may be, the delicate balance between exercising force and exercising restraint must tip in favor of restraint. Israel must be sure to avoid steps that could make tensions boil over. Israel’s strategy has to make it clear that violence reaps no rewards.


Myths, Facts, and Wishful Thinking in Responding to Palestinian Violence

The recent wave of terrorism has seen illusion peddlers take center stage. While some are true believers, others seek only to promote personal, political, potentially dangerous agendas. Regional realities mandate a different, more prudent approach.


The Russian-Iranian Gambit in Syria

The Russian-Iranian gambit in Syria will only inflame the volatile situation in the war-torn country. Sunni-Alawite animosity runs too deep to foster any hope for compromise. Israel must remain vigilant, and prevent terrorists from getting advanced weapons.


Israeli Strategic Challenges and Opportunities in the New Year

| September 16, 2015

Global upheavals are underway, U.S. foreign policy is changing, and the Middle East is in turmoil. Caution and preparedness are the watchwords.


The Vienna Accord Only Postpones Confrontation with Iran

The Vienna agreement has made the situation more complex and dangerous, not less so. The conflict that will ensue will take place in conditions far worse (from a Western perspective) than before the agreement, pitting the West (and/or Israel) against a much-stronger Iran.


Perfect Storm: The Implications of Middle East Chaos

The storms now convulsing the Middle East are civilizational shifts of historical proportions. Anyone from the outside trying to influence these regional upheavals in a positive direction will find the task very difficult. Israel must focus narrowly on the greatest threat looming in its vicinity — the Iranian drive for nuclear weaponry.


Strategic Folly in the Framework Agreement with Iran

The U.S. is capable of bringing Iran’s nuclear program to a halt – it simply is choosing not to do so.


A Problem of Nuclear Proportions

The proposed agreement with Iran is very bad. Even without using nuclear arms against Israel, a nuclear Iran will make the Middle East far more dangerous.


Line in the Sand

The strike against Hezbollah last week clarifies to Israel’s enemies that there are red lines, and anyone crossing them must take into account Israel’s response.


The Terrorist Defense Force

In 2015, Israel’s military must be prepared for both ground warfare against Islamist extremists and an operation in Iran.