IDF; Official Strategy: How Israel Confronts The Next Generation of Threats

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#1
Interesting to me for a number of reasons.

  1. Its been released into the Public domain
  2. Inclusion of cyber
  3. Main threats seen to be Iran and Hezbollah, not ISIS
  4. Willingness to take offensive action between wars
"The threats facing the State of Israel are the following: States — distant (Iran) and nearby (Lebanon), failed states and states in a process of disintegration (Syria); substate organizations (Hezbollah, Hamas); terrorist organizations without links to a particular state or community (Islamic Jihad, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, ISIS, and others)"


http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/IDF doctrine translation - web final2.pdf
 
#2
Initial thoughts:

they get a definition of Strategy right.

They seem not to have an Operational level of War.

They like fighting below the threshold of war - which is fine as long as everyone knows where that threshold is.

They're buggered if the threat doesn't turn out like they plan.

They don't do expeditionary.
 

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#3
They don't do expeditionary.
Basically they don't need to, as their enemies are closer to home, within 750 miles of Tel Aviv, but people have to remember the trip to Entebbe in 78, Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq and Addis Ababa and then there is that mysterious factory in Syria that disappeared one weekend.

The Iraqi's were warned during GW1 in a conversation between Baker the US Sec of State and Tariq Aziz the Iraqi Foreign Minister that anything other HE aimed at Israel would have the ultimate response and it has been reported that the IASDF had their nuclear weapons uploaded and ready to go. There were IASDF aircraft in the air as the Scuds flew and only pleas to land again kept the alliance together. This led to B20 and other patrols into the Iraqi desert.

The present situation where Russian aircraft have encroached into Israeli airspace shows the pragmatism of the Israeli's, they are not planning to harm Israel and are even doing a service by attacking ISIS, but there are conversations between both countries on the matter.

Sometimes a short sharp lesson in force and telling the recipients that the lesson will be reapplied as required.
 
#4
No mention of the Labour Party on the list, they're friends of Hamas and Hezbollah after all , or don't they count a load of anti semitic social justice warriors as an extistential threat
 
#5
Interesting to me for a number of reasons.

  1. Its been released into the Public domain
  2. Inclusion of cyber
  3. Main threats seen to be Iran and Hezbollah, not ISIS
  4. Willingness to take offensive action between wars
"The threats facing the State of Israel are the following: States — distant (Iran) and nearby (Lebanon), failed states and states in a process of disintegration (Syria); substate organizations (Hezbollah, Hamas); terrorist organizations without links to a particular state or community (Islamic Jihad, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, ISIS, and others)"


http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/IDF doctrine translation - web final2.pdf
Cheers for posting that.
 
#8
They certainly are pretty robust.
But then the attitude of the populace backs that posture. Could we do that here ?
 
#9
They certainly are pretty robust.
But then the attitude of the populace backs that posture. Could we do that here ?
Quite possibly, I think that a fair percentage of the country is ahead of the politicians on this. Sadly the politicos seem to be enthralled by the press and assorted handwringers. Hopefully June 23rd came as a sufficient shock to wake them up to the idea that the country isn't as limp as they thought .
 
#11
First of all, I believe that Israel, Israeli people should be supported in the struggle with terrorism. Israel should continue to blossom in the internationally recognised borders as peacful state, in fact the only democracy in the ME.
As for this (highly interesting) document then it appears that not real terrorists are regarded as main enemies of Israel but rather Iran (not terrorist state at all) and Hezbollah - legal political party in Lebanon though with armed forces more capable that whole Lebanese army.
Correct me, if I'm wrong but IAF didn't bomb ISIL targets even once while no one (including Syrian government) would object it.
Being unable to demonstrate real terrorist activity of Hezbollah, Israeli secret services try to spread just allegations.
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=35743
Several attempts by Hezbollah agents living in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip to use social media to recruit Palestinians in Judea and Samaria to form a terrorist network in Israel have been thwarted, the Shin Bet security agency revealed Tuesday. The plot was foiled through the joint efforts of the Shin Bet, the Israel Defense Forces, and the Israel Police, the agency said.
"In recent years, Hezbollah's Unit 133 [responsible for the organization's foreign operations] has been trying to establish a terrorist network in Israel, Judea and Samaria, and the Gaza Strip, without success," the Shin Bet said in a statement issued Tuesday.

"Hezbollah has recently prioritized instigating terrorist attacks, which it does from afar so to conceal its involvement. It is doing this, among other ways, by rousing incitement and inducing the Palestinian population to carry out terrorist attacks, in return for financial payments."
Meanwhile, in response to Hezbollah's recent recruitment efforts, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon called on the international organization to formally recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

"The international community must condemn Hezbollah's attempts to harm innocent Israeli civilians, and the Security Council must finally designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization," Danon said in a statement.
 
#12
I think the ISIS not being seen as the primary threat could be due to the Israelis being unhindered with various constraints we (the west) place upon ourselves regarding things such as profiling etc.
Russia does not appear to have the same ISIS related terror issues that Europe has. Israel would, by definition, be an ISIS priority target also.
Could it be said that ISIS know who not to mess about with?
 
#13
Possibly the reason why IS has not directly (albeit affiliated groups have) attacked Israel:
ISIS explains why it’s not attacking Israel — yet
(JTA) — The Islamic State said in its weekly newspaper that it has not focused on attacking Israel because it does not believe the Palestinian cause is more significant than other issues affecting Muslims.
 
#14
Israelis know that they are surrounded by enemies. And question is what enemies are more dangerous (just now or/and potentially).
ISIL terrorists are not all idiots. They understand that the very first direct terror act instigated, organised or sponsored by ISIL would cause such a tough response (with full approval of the international community) that annihilation of their caliphate would be just matter of time.
For Israelis any direct strike aimed to ISIL would mean endless series of terror acts.
It is in the interests of Israel if its enemies would fight with each other (preferably endlessly).
There is no any illusions about 'moderate' and not so moderate rebels in Syria.They are also enemies, but rather potential than real.
So Israel regards namely Iran and Hezbollah as main enemies, as capable military force.
As for Assad then his (now quite possible) victory in the civil war is undesirable. If Assad consolidates his power then calls to return Golan Heights would be renewed and it would be hard for the West to explain why Israel should not be subjected to any sanctions while it annexed East Jerusalem, Golan Height without any referendum and inhabitants of East Jerusalem still have no right for Israeli citizenship.
So current tactics is understandable
- don't attack ISIL
- help the rebels in Syria
IDF field holpital is used by the rebels to cure the wounded that can freely continue to fight after treatment.
From the first glance it looks strange but there is logic in current Israeli policy.
 
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