Mideast Security and Policy Studies

Mideast Security and Policy Studies serve as a forum for publication or re-publication of research conducted by BESA Center research associates.

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Israel and Kazakhstan: Assessing the State of Bilateral Relations

and | May 1, 2014

Economic, cultural, political, military and strategic interests (including the confronting of Iran) undergird the three-decade-old and growing relationship between Israel and Kazakhstan

South Korea’s Middle East Policy

| December 1, 2013

South Korea’s Middle East policy balances political neutrality with a cautious policy towards Israel, as Seoul is concerned that political support for Israel will jeopardize its positive standing in the Middle East.

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.

Armed and Dangerous: Why a Rational, Nuclear Iran Is an Unacceptable Risk to Israel

| November 1, 2013

The Iranian regime can be considered rational, but it cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. History has proven that radical regimes can seek the destruction of others if faced with an immense threat. Israel cannot rely on deterrence and must be prepared to confront Iran militarily or invest in ballistic missile defense.

Time Is on Israel’s Side

| September 1, 2013

Since Israel’s establishment it has dealt with existential threats from its neighbors. This study – available in English and Hebrew – argues that not only is Israel a big success story, time is definitely on Israel’s side. A survey of Israel’s military, economy, social cohesiveness, and political system indicate long term processes that favor Israel over its regional foes. The State of Israel can be confident in its ability to overcome the challenges that stand in its path.

The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt-Israel Peace

| August 1, 2013

The movement’s time in power in Egypt provides a rare perspective into the its ideology, influence on Egyptian policy, and relations with Israel. The military coup that removed the Brotherhood from power has cast doubt on its influence on Egypt’s future.

Obama’s Best Friend? The Alarming Evolution of US-Turkish Relations

| May 1, 2013

Shifts in Turkey’s domestic political orientation have led to a change in Ankara’s perceptions of its foreign policy roles and capabilities. The US has misunderstood and largely ignored this shift, failing to understand the implications of Turkey’s transformation under the AKP. A strong and comprehensive policy towards Turkey is long overdue.

Israel Is Not Isolated

| March 1, 2013

Despite a perception to the contrary, Israel is not isolated in the international community. Since the end of the Cold War Israel has developed strong ties with most United Nations member states. Attempts to harm Israel through the BDS (boycotts, divestments, sanctions) campaign have failed. Israel’s strategic relationship with the United States should be further developed in order to ensure Israel’s important standing in the international community.

A Strategy for Peace with the Palestinians

| November 1, 2012

The Palestinians refuse to accept Israel as a Jewish state and are reluctant to drop their armed and ideological opposition to Israel’s existence. The global community can oppose Palestinian denial of Israel’s connection to the land; support Israel’s legitimacy; resettle Palestinian refugees outside of Israel; modify aid programs to reduce Palestinian use of foreign money to support terror; and encourage free speech in Palestinian society.