Israeli war objectives into an era of negativism

Avi Kober

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Israeli war objectives since the 1970s have gradually become more 'defensive' in nature. Four main factors have accounted for it: superpower constraints, difficulty in gaining public legitimization for war, the peace process, and the spread of surface-to-surface missiles in the Middle East. At the same time, Israel has gradually withdrawn from its unequivocal commitment to the achievement of battlefield decision, putting more emphasis on the achievement of the political war objectives. The main reasons for this have been the strengthening of firepower relative to maneuver on the battlefield, the difficulty in translating battlefield decision to political achievements, and the growing political constraints on the freedom of action on the battlefield.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsrael's National Security Towards the 21st Century
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781315038872
ISBN (Print)0714651699, 9780714651699
StatePublished - 19 Sep 2014

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