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The Israeli Periphery

willis9 Wrote: Dec 23, 2012 2:28 PM
No static defense like mountain ranges, bodies of water, expanses of desert, or fortifications can be relied on to keep the barbarians away from the gate. The great wall of china stands as mute witness to this folly. The best defense has always been a good offense, the only thing that passive barriers are likely to provide is a short time to get organized.

By Reva Bhalla
Vice President of Global Affairs

The state of Israel has a basic, inescapable geopolitical dilemma: Its national security requirements outstrip its military capabilities, making it dependent on an outside power. Not only must that power have significant military capabilities but it also must have enough common ground with Israel to align its foreign policy toward the Arab world with that of Israel's. These are rather heavy requirements for such a small nation.

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