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  • Is it Jerusalem or Jerusalems?

    Jerusalem is a theological, geographical, historical, archaeological, political and emotional issue with contested claims and overlapping legacies.

    December 15, 2017

    Blue Flag 2017 and Beyond

    The Indian Air Force’s participation in Israel’s Blue Flag 2017 multilateral exercise adds an important layer to the matrix of cooperation between India and Israel.

    December 01, 2017

    Labour’s Downhill Journey in Israel

    Israel’s Labour party has been going through turmoil since losing monopoly over power in 1977 and is unable to regain its erstwhile pre-eminence and even relevance.

    July 24, 2017

    The Israel Factor in Honduras Efforts to Modernise its Air Force

    Israel’s influence on the new Trump Administration might clear the obstacles that have stood in the way of Honduras’ efforts to modernise its airforce

    February 09, 2017

    Continued Israeli Settlement Policy in the Occupied Territories

    Continued Israeli Settlement Policy in the Occupied Territories

    Settler entrenchment has reached a point where no peaceful assimilation of the entire West Bank into a compact territory of a future Palestine state and a harmonious division of Jerusalem city linked to this entity may be possible.

    April 19, 2016

    Threat of Israel's Regional Isolation and Imperatives for the Future

    Surrounded by hostile neighbours, Israel has been overly conscious of its national security interests, a concern which has shaped its regional strategy right from its birth in 1948. It needs to evolve a dynamic regional strategy in tune with the changing regional dynamics or else could end up being more isolated in the region.

    Rohan Singh Asked: What implications might arise from the recent Israeli air strike on the Mediterranean coast of Syria?

    Rajeev Agarwal replies: Israel has been known to take unilateral military action on the premise of defending its own security interests. Potential military threats to its national security like weapon consignments, gathering of terrorists at launch pads across Israeli borders, etc., have been targeted by Israel in the past as part of its proactive and pre-emptive security measures.

    As regards Syria, this is not the first time it has been targeted by Israeli air strikes. One of the most famous ones was the air strike in 2007 over a suspected nuclear facility in Syria. Even in the ongoing civil war in Syria, the strike at Latakia was the sixth air strike by Israel, as per some reports. Syria is in no position to take any counter action on Israeli air strikes. Also, presently, no one is challenging Israel's right to take out potential military threats unilaterally, even if it means launching operations across into the territory of its neighbours.

    Will Netanyahu’s Return Lead to Increased Israeli Isolation?

    Going by Netanyahu’s present term, the return of a stronger Right Wing coalition may lead to increased friction in the region and increased Israeli isolation as well.

    January 19, 2013

    Operational Lessons of the Wars of 21st Century

    Operational Lessons of the Wars of 21st Century

    Military capabilities matter. Countries and regions where wars have taken place have one important attribute- battle and operational experience. The monograph examines 21st century wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Georgia and Libya. New trend of cyber war is also included. Key highlights have been extracted and distilled into lessons to be learnt.

    2013

    Israel Confronts Iran: Rationales, Responses and Fallouts

    Israel Confronts Iran: Rationales, Responses and Fallouts

    This study examines Israel's changing perception of Iran and the underlying reasons for the current Israeli tension, anxiety, verbal acrimony and fears. In deconstructing Israel's fears vis-à-vis Iran, the study looks at Israel's failures to revisit its erstwhile peripheral diplomacy and to make adequate changes.

    2012

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