A view of Tel Aviv from the West Bank

  U.S. Vice Admiral Brian Peterman on the Dangers to Ben-Gurion Airport from the West Bank


In light of a widening range of threats to Israel's security, for the first time a group of senior Israeli generals has come together to outline the basic principles of a defense policy - rooted in a consensus spanning past and present Israeli governments - which is focused on Israel maintaining defensible borders.
    The crisis over the Hamas flotilla to Gaza illustrates how some of Israel's critical alliances in the Middle East are changing, especially its relationship with Turkey, and the importance of designing a defense policy that takes into account the uncertainties that Israel faces with many of its neighbors.
    Recent events only underscore that it is critical for Israel to preserve the principle of defending itself by itself.

Dr. Dore Gold

Restoring a Security-First Peace Policy
Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon

Defensible Borders to Secure Israel's Future
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan

The U.S. and "Defensible Borders"
Dr. Dore Gold

Key Principles of a Demilitarized Palestinian State
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Ze'evi Farkash

Control of Territorial Airspace and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

The Risks of Foreign Peacekeeping Forces in the West Bank
Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror

Israel's Return to Security-Based Diplomacy
Dan Diker

 About the Authors

Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Yaalon,Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs; former IDF Chief of Staff

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan,former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff; former Chairman of Israel's National Security Council

Dr. Dore Gold,President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Ze'evi Farkash, former Director of IDF Intelligence

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel, former Head of IDF Strategic Planning Division; former Head of the Negotiation Unit, Office of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, former Head of the Research and Assessment Division, IDF Intelligence; Program Direector, Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Dan Diker, Senior Foreign Policy Analyst, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute

 Other Resources

  •  Defensible Borders for a Lasting Peace
  •  Defensible Borders on the Golan Heights
  •  Israel's Right to Secure Boundaries
  •  Implications of a Palestinian Corridor Across Israel


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