Arab-Israeli Military Forces in an Era of Asymmetric Wars by Anthony H. Cordesman

By Anthony H. Cordesman

The truth of the Arab-Israeli stability now involves subordinate balances: Israel as opposed to Syria and Israel as opposed to the Palestinians. The booklet analyzes those balances intimately and their impression on safeguard making plans in every one state and at the total strategic danger to the zone as a complete. It covers army advancements in each one of six states-Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine-and presents an analytical view with charts and tables of the way the altering natures of the army and political threats confronted through every one is impacting its army strength readiness and improvement. The ebook has the main finished info on previous, present, and destiny army strength constitution at the moment to be had, drawn from the widest diversity of sources.Responding to the latest of occasions within the quarter, this booklet is the 1st to house the results at the Arab-Israeli army stability of the strategic uncertainty created through the Iraqi insurgency and the Iranian nuclear software. It additionally reviews how the Gaza pullout, the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, the altering political panorama in Israel, and the specter of nuclear proliferation are having affects at the Egyptian-Israeli and Jordanian-Israeli peace accords and the clients for a payment among the Palestinians and Israelis. the jobs of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are analyzed in mild of the altering political panorama in either Israel and Palestine. Given the position of Syria within the Palestinian-Israeli affairs, the e-book additionally explores the ways in which inner instability in Lebanon might strengthen right into a nearby clash.

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It takes only days of maneuver, or minutes of intensive combat, for the ability to recover major weapons and make rapid repairs to be at least as critical as the initial force ratios of weapons committed to combat. All of the armies, except Lebanon, have extensive numbers of land-based air defense weapons. Egypt, Jordan, and Syria have large numbers of antiaircraft guns (AA), some radar guided and mounted on armored vehicles. Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria all have large numbers of man-portable and vehicle-mounted light surface-to-air missiles with a variety of infrared and radar-guided missiles.

26 is increasingly uncertain. Advances in air targeting and long-range, air-to-ground precision combat capability —coupled with steady advances in the long-range strike capabilities of rockets and missiles—have reduced the effectiveness of many air short-range air defense systems. Some have limited or no effectiveness against low-flying helicopters unless the pilots cannot avoid overflying the defenses, and many others lack the range, lethality, and energy of maneuver to attack fighters that can use long-range air-to-surface missiles.

1. 3 reflects what may be a more ‘‘realistic’’ picture of the balance. It compares operational Israeli and Syrian forces, and the ratios are reversed in Israel’s favor. This comparison may do more, however, to explain why Syria is deterred from military adventures than portray what might happen in war. Israel’s quantitative lead is matched by a similar qualitative lead. 4 shows, this lead is almost certain to grow in the near term. 3 Israeli vs. Syrian Operational Force Strength in 2006 superior defense industries.

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