This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of Israel's security challenges since the 1973 October War. Efraim Inbar takes the reader on a historical journey through Israel's relations in the Middle East that begins with an analysis of Israel's strategic thinking after 1973 and ends with an important look at the recent Second Lebanese War and the Iranian nuclear challenge. Israel's National Security delves not only into Israel's responses, but also its relationships in the international community, providing a complete picture of how Israel's strategic environment has evolved over time.
Relevant to today's current political atmosphere, the volume dissects the influences of the growing appeal of Islamic extremism on the peace process, Israel strategic partnerships with India and Turkey, and Israel's relations with the Palestinians.
Part 1: The Aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War 1. Israeli Strategic Thinking After 1973 2. The American Arms Transfer to Israel Part 2: Limited Wars 3. Israel's Small War: The Military Response to the Intifada 4. The 'No Choice War' Debate in Israel Part 3: The Post-Cold War Period 5. Israel and the Gulf War 6. Contours of Israel's New Strategic Thinking 7. Israel's Strategic Environment in the 1990's Part 4: The Peace Process 8. Israeli Negotiations with Syria 9. Islamic Extremism and the Peace Process 10. Arab-Israeli Coexistence: Causes, Achievements and Limitations Part 5: The New Strategic Partners 11. Israel's New Strategic Partner – Turkey 12. The Indian-Israeli Entente Part 6: The Twenty-first Century Challenges 13. Israel's Palestinian Challenge 14. The Need to Block a Nuclear Iran 15. Israel's Strategic Mistakes in the 2006 Lebanon War