11.29.06

The Axis of Resistance

Israel has been strategically compromised by an axis of actors that have been successfully denying Israel of decisive military victories or political breakthroughs, toward securing its existence. Thus, Israel's national security doctrine has been rendered irrelevant and requires an overhaul.

Gidi Grinstein, Jerusalem Post, 11/28/06.

Israel has been strategically compromised by an axis of actors that reject its right to exist. For more than a decade, this axis has been successfully denying Israel of decisive military victories or political breakthroughs, whether unilateral or through negotiations, toward securing its existence. It has been able to elevate the impact of terrorism into an existential challenge for Israel. Our national security doctrine has been rendered irrelevant and requires an immediate overhaul.

Israel's challenge is to design a new and relevant counter strategy based on the political, diplomatic, military and economic tools available to us. Otherwise, prospects of political or military successes are slim and further significant setbacks should be expected. The derailing of Oslo, the second Palestinian uprising, the second Lebanon war of summer 2006, the failure in dealing with Hamas, as well as the recent unsuccessful IDF operations in Gaza, are just a few symptoms of a bigger problem.

Only months ago, the chief of staff and the prime minister echoed each other raving about Israel's national security situation. Except for Iran, they saw no existential threat. With the convergence plan of withdrawal from the West Bank in mind, they voiced confidence that Israel would be able to secure itself from the existential threat of the "one-state solution."

Terror was perceived as a nuisance that had to be contained.

The Lebanon war was a painful wake-up call. Israel realized that it has been subject to a consistent strategic disadvantage in spite of its military superiority. With all our might, we are unable to achieve our national security objectives in Lebanon, in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as further out in the region. Much of what we had grown to take for granted was revealed as irrelevant.

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