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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Fight Not the Last War

No. 273
| October 20, 2014

The IDF must be careful not to make too many operational changes based on the lessons of Operation Protective Edge

Iran Remains the Threat in the Middle East

No. 272
| October 19, 2014

The novelty of the Islamic State, as well as the magnitude of the threat it poses, are greatly exaggerated. Iran remains the main threat to stability in the Middle East.

We Have to be Prepared

No. 271
| September 15, 2014

The rules of the game between Israel and Hamas will be decided by Israel’s response to the first instance of rocket fire.

Misplaced Frustration

No. 270
| September 3, 2014

Frustration over the final outcome of Operation Protective Edge is misplaced. The Israeli public needs to understand that Israel did not set out to topple Hamas.

Hamas was Defeated, Until the Next Time

No. 269
| September 1, 2014

During Operation Protective Edge, Hamas was clearly defeated, but was not destroyed.

Conduct of Operations in Limited Scale Conflicts

No. 268
| August 31, 2014

Observing “Operation Protective Edge” against Hamas in Gaza lead to the conclusion that a revision of Israel’s conceptual strategic compass is needed, particularly regarding the concepts of ‘deterrence’ and ‘decisive victory’.

Wise Tactical Choices in Gaza

No. 267

Since the launch of Operation Protective Edge, Israel has made a series of wise tactical choices that contribute to the diplomatic and military effort.

Playing with Terror: How to Stop Qatar’s Support for Hamas

No. 266
| August 25, 2014

Qatar has become the leading backer of Hamas terrorism, and the country’s wings need to be clipped.

Hamas Cheerleaders: Professional Failures of the Western Media in Gaza

No. 265
| August 13, 2014

Western media coverage of Operation Protective Edge has been marred by deep anti-Israel bias and serious failures, both professional and ethical.

A Middle Way for the Gaza Fight

No. 264
| August 11, 2014

There is a middle way between more of the same and retaking Gaza. The proposed middle way would be an IDF attack with limited, achievable military objectives.