To Face New and Old Threats to Its Security, Israel Can’t Rely on Air Power Alone

In 2019, Ofer Shelah, then-head of the Knesset’s subcommittee on defense doctrine and military buildup, coauthored a classified report on the state of the IDF’s ground forces, and how resources ought to be distributed in the coming years. Due to political deadlock, many of the key questions of budgeting and allocation of resources—not to mention the strategic questions on which they rest—remain unresolved. Shelah, who no longer holds office, presents here an unclassified version of the report. At issue is the key problem of whether Israel should focus finite resources on the “stand-off” capabilities of air power, missiles, and rockets or instead on tanks, infantry, and other ground forces:

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More about: IDF, Israeli Security, Strategy

Israel Must Choose the Right Friends in Asia

In the past few decades, the Jewish state has vastly expanded its diplomatic, economic, and sometimes military ties with South and East Asia, while doing its best to stay away from the conflicts that divide the countries in the region. Daniel Samet surveys the potential for these relationships, urging Jerusalem to avoid deepening cooperation with China and instead to focus on cultivating further its alliances-in-the-making with China’s competitors:

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More about: India, Israel diplomacy, Israel-China relations