The Syrian Civil War: An Interim Balance Sheet

| April 6, 2016

The desire of the international community to end the Syrian civil war is offset by the inability of any individual party to enforce its preferred solution. The conflict, which is likely to continue for some time, has solidified the centrality of Russia and Iran in regional affairs. Israel’s options are limited.

Line in the Sand

| February 2, 2015

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.

Why the Hezbollah Clash Matters

| February 1, 2015

As the Assad regime is losing its grip over the country, Iran and Hezbollah gain a greater ability to establish a new base of operations against Israel in southern Syria.

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.

The Threat of the “Salafi Crescent”

| January 21, 2014

Attempts by al-Qaeda and other radical Sunni Islamist groups to challenge the Shia Crescent (Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon) must be viewed as a serious security threat.

Israel vs. the Iran-Hizballah Axis

| November 14, 2013

The IDF and the Iran-Hizballah axis are in the midst of a long-term military build-up, preparing for the possibility of a full-scale eruption of the ongoing covert struggle between them.

Brothers in Arms: Would Hizballah and Hamas Join Iran in a War Against Israel?

| October 23, 2012

There is a prevalent view that in the event of an Israeli strike on Iran, Tehran’s proxies in Lebanon and Gaza – Hizballah and Hamas – would join in retaliation against Israel. A more likely scenario, however, is that those groups’ participation will be limited at best.

Elections in Lebanon: A Hizballah Takeover?

Hizballah is on a determined path to control Lebanon. The June 2009
parliamentary elections could be a watershed, leading to a result that the West will deeply regret – an Iranian-like regime.

The Lessons of Operation Cast Lead and 2006 Lebanon War

| 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

| 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