Israel and Looking for a New Strategic Track

EPC | 01 Oct 2014

A new strategic vision based on the possibility of a growing danger by extreme Sunni Jihadist organizations is taking shape in the region. Israel might find itself in direct confrontation with the Islamic State (IS) and its likes, which are active in border areas close to Israel, such as Sinai, Jordan and the Golan Heights. Therefore, Tel Aviv is obliged to develop new systems for intelligence and the army. It can cooperate with some countries in the region in response to threats posed by these terrorist organizations. The Middle East is in a critical condition, which calls on Israel to exert efforts to get rid of previous patterns, which have characterized Israeli security policy for years. Furthermore, Israel must change its strategic thinking to be in line with the new regional conditions. For instance, hostility is rootinized in the thinking of the Syrian regime and Hezbollah and cooperating with Israel might expose it; Still, Israel could help them combat extreme Sunni forces. Common interests with Israel’s old enemies do not make them friends; still, they should not be neglected in light of the common challenges facing Israel and its adversaries. The most complicated challenge facing Israel is finding a way to combat extreme Sunni forces indirectly without tampering with intelligence efforts against security threats by Shiites. At the same time, struggle against Hezbollah must continue by slowing down the growth of its military capabilities and preserve the military deterrence against it. Tel Aviv should also continue its diplomatic and political efforts to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear program, as well as, blocking Tehran’s support to Hamas. Source:By Chavi Siboni

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