Thesis Title

The Changing Security Environment In The Middle East And The Implications For Israel's Defense

Date of Graduation

Spring 2001


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are confronted with the challenge of defending Israel in the face of a rapidly changing security environment. The implications of the withdrawal from the security zone in Lebanon, the potential withdrawal from the Golan Heights, the violence and terrorism of the new Intifada, and the likely establishment of an Arab state in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria along with the development and accumulation of ballistic missiles-potentially carrying weapons of mass destruction-by traditional enemies of Israel, severely threaten Israel's security and present serious new problems for Israel and the IDF. Rifts in Israeli society also threaten to undermine Israel's defensive capability. This thesis examines these factors and their implications for Israel's defense.


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