Ehud Eiran on Israel

The threat of the weak
January 23, 2012
Op-ed by: Ehud Eiran, former associate and research fellow, International Security Program
Topic: Israel

“Israel’s traditional threat perception was created in response to strong states. In the 1950s, Israeli operational planning was directed against a potential invasion by all its neighbors. In 1956, Israel launched a pre-emptive war against a rising Egypt, armed with new Soviet weapons. In the 1970s, Israel advanced a massive build-up of its military in order to protect against Syria and Egypt. In the last decade or so Israeli concerns coalesced around Iran’s nuclear program.”

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Eiran also wrote an entry on the subject for the Belfer Center’s Power & Policy blog called “Israel faces the threat of the weak.”

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