Israel Vs. Iran: The Shadow War

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2012 - 243 Seiten
The shadow war between Israel and Iran has been raging for more than three decades, ever since the Iranian revolution of 1979 ushered in a fundamentalist regime whose sworn enemies have consistently included, first and foremost, Israel and the United States. Israel, especially, has borne the brunt of attacks from Iran’s two most powerful proxies—Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Iran’s nuclear ambitions raise the stakes immeasurably. Israel vs. Iran evaluates the threat to Israel’s security posed by a nuclear Iran, including competing perceptions of the threat, and analyzes Israel’s military and diplomatic options.

Drawing on in-depth research and invaluable access to the Israeli defense establishment, including interviews with key decision makers, Israeli military correspondent Yaakov Katz and Israeli military historian Yoaz Hendel describe behind-the-scenes Israeli strategic military deliberations and intelligence analysis since the Second Lebanon War of 2006. The authors focus on pivotal military events in this shadow war with Iran, including the Syrian reactor bombing and Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, as well as assassinations of key Hezbollah operatives, Iranian nuclear scientists, and Syrian officials.

Assassinations, computer viruses, and Western sanctions might not be enough to stop Iran, the authors argue. They outline the choice Israel faces: launch a military strike, which could lead to an all-out regional war, or tacitly accept a nuclear Iran, which would lead to a new balance of power in the Middle East. In 2012 Israel appears closer than ever to making a decision.
 

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Inhalt

Introduction
1
1 The Wakeup Call
11
2 Technology and Training
35
3 Operation Orchard
61
4 The Shadow War
85
Irans Other Army
121
6 Neptunes War
143
7 Attacking Iran
167
The Day After
195
Epilogue
207
Notes
213
Selected Bibliography
231
Index
237
About the Authors
243
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Yaakov Katz is the military correspondent and senior defense analyst for the Jerusalem Post and the Israel correspondent for Jane’s Defence Weekly. A popular lecturer on military affairs and former correspondent for USA Today, Katz is a frequent contributor to numerous American publications and a regular commentator on Israel Television, Sky News, Al Jazeera, and other networks. He lives in Jerusalem.

Dr. Yoaz Hendel is a military historian, a lecturer at Bar Ilan University, and chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategies. He previously served as director of the Communications and Public Diplomacy Department in the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Before that, he was a columnist on strategic and military affairs for Yediot Ahronot, Israel's largest news daily, the military commentator for the Makor Rishon newspaper, and a talk show host for Israel's Army Radio. He also lives in Jerusalem.

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