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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Obama and Netanyahu: Idealism vs. Pragmatism

No. 72
| March 18, 2009

Obama’s idealism will face harsh realities that limit his policy options,
especially with regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Iran.
Obama and Netanyahu are both pragmatic leaders capable of adjusting to realities; and thus can be expected to make efforts to avoid a major confrontation.

Global Consequences of the Financial Crisis: A Closer Look to Chinese Prospects

No. 71
| March 3, 2009

The world financial crisis has hit the Chinese economy and Chinese banks hard, and individual Chinese may find that their savings are wiped out. The prospect of many Chinese seeing their future vanish could lead to political unrest and instability in the country.

The Decline of the Israel Labor Party

No. 70
| February 23, 2009

The Labor Party decayed because it abandoned the values of military
service and settlement, became identified with the wealthy, abandoned
Jerusalem, was identified with the failed Oslo peace process, and failed to stay in sync with demographic changes in Israel.

The Lessons of Operation Cast Lead and 2006 Lebanon War

No. 69
| February 19, 2009

Almost the entire Israeli home front has come under rocket and missile assault. This article surveys the Israeli response to rocket attacks, including the targeting of missile launchers and improved civil defense; and discusses the need for a comprehensive active missile defense.

הגנה אקטיבית בפני רקטות וטילים: לקחי עופרת יצוקה ומלחמת לבנון השנייה

No. 69
| February 19, 2009

מלחמת לבנון השנייה ומבצע “עופרת יצוקה” הוו דגם בזעיר אנפין למלחמות העתיד. איראן וגרורותיה סוריה, החזבאללה והחמאס אינם משקיעים כמעט דבר במערכות נשק “קלאסיות” של מלחמה בעצימות גבוהה. במקום זאת הם בונים ורוכשים כמויות עצומות של טילים ורקטות. בכל מערכה עתידית יהיה העורף הישראלי כולו נתון למתקפה עזה של טילים ורקטות בעוצמה שלא ידענו כמותה. מאמר זה סוקר את אמצעי המענה של ישראל למתקפת הרקטות

The Futility of Operation Cast Lead

No. 68
| February 16, 2009

A review of the strategic, operational, societal and diplomatic dimensions of Israel’s operation against Hamas in Gaza produces an overall audit that is far from favorable. “Deterrence” is not a strategic objective and “punishment” is not a tool of realpolitik. The operation threatens to backfire in several ways.

Israel in 2009: A One-Block State of the Right

No. 67
| February 12, 2009

The Israeli election result this week confirms the emergence of a one-block, right-of-center dominant political reality in Israel; a fact that is
likely to dominate for many years to come. Kadima’s electoral achievement is ephemeral.

An Offensive Strategy for Israel on the Second Battlefield: The Global Media

No. 66
| February 5, 2009

Israel requires an offensive strategic information strategy, involving the
establishment of a “second-battlefield” professional hierarchy with clear modes of operation, in order to overcome brutal media delegitimizing of Israel.

The Political Logic of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s Attacks on Israel

No. 65
and | February 4, 2009

The Turkish prime minister’s escalating attacks on Israel during Operation Cast Lead are a calculated gambit on Erdogan’s part aimed at changing the balance of power in Turkey between his ruling religious Islamist party and the opposing military establishment.

Why Time Is on Israel’s Side: A Long-Term Perspective on Israel’s Security Challenges

No. 64
| February 3, 2009

Despite the current Palestinian, Arab and Iranian threats, Israel’s generational prospects for peace and security as a Jewish and democratic country are quite good; assuming that America will act to roll-back the Islamic jihadist threat to Israel and the West over the next decade.