Tsahal sur tous les fronts : L'armée israélienne dans l'incertitude stratégique Focus stratégique, No. 45, July 2013
Facing threats on all its borders, as well as social, economic and religious tensions, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is now under significant pressure for ensuring its core mission: the survival of the State of Israel.
While the post-Arab Spring Middle East appears to be cursed with persistent political instability, endemic violence and terrorism, the IDF now attempts to keep a full-spectrum capability, fitted to adapt to any situation, simultaneously if needed. To this end, the IDF envisions both defensive (territorial fence, deterrence, antimissile defense) and offensive (long range strikes and special operations forces raids) strategies. In order to keep up with such an ambitious agenda, the IDF needs to keep on upgrading its different services (land forces, air forces, navy, and, increasingly, cyber) in a sustainable way for both its economy and society.
This paper is published in French only – Tsahal sur tous les fronts : L'armée israélienne dans l'incertitude stratégique