Still Facing Catastrophic War: The Need For A Continuously, Improved Core Of Israeli Strategic Studies
Latest update: January 10th, 2013
Not all of the growing IDF planning problems are theoretical and conceptual. Even where antecedent strategic studies do proceed on an abundantly sound intellectual foundation – one involving truly dialectical reasoning, rather than accumulating inventories of collected data, – they will be of no real benefit to Israel if they are simultaneously undermined by unsound political imperatives. Obviously, this is exactly what went wrong back in the days of “Oslo,” and what is still apt to go wrong in the now equally precarious time of the so-called Road Map. Yet another piece of utterly twisted cartography, and one still unreasonably pressed upon Jerusalem by Washington (“The more things change; the more they remain the same”), the Obama-version Road Map could quickly override even the most sophisticated and otherwise purposeful direction of Israeli strategic studies.
For Israel, the national survival situation today is substantially more dangerous than it was in 1948. Intimately and inextricably intertwined with the even more basic situation of Jewish survival in the post-Holocaust world, this situation is also more precarious and problematic than just a few years ago. It is high time, therefore, for Israel’s strategists to suitably upgrade the context, methods and intellectual modalities of their important work. Only by wise counsel, can Israel fashion an enduring future.
LOUIS RENÉ BERES (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) is the author of ten books and several hundred scholarly articles dealing with international relations and international law. Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, he was the Chair of Project Daniel.
About the Author: Louis René Beres, strategic and military affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, is professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), he lectures and publishes widely on international relations and international law and is the author of ten major books in the field. In Israel, Professor Beres was chair of Project Daniel.
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