The introduction presents the book’s thesis: that Israel’s strategic environment, the threats it faces, and its society have all undergone fundamental change, thereby necessitating a major revision of its national security strategy. Israel does not have a formal, governmental, national security strategy, and the extensive academic literature on its defense and foreign affairs focuses on virtually every specific dimension thereof, but with little of a comprehensive nature. The book thus seeks to present an overall assessment of Israel’s national security, as the basis for the comprehensive new strategy proposed in the final chapter. To this end, the introduction presents a definition of Israel’s national objectives and discusses terminology. It further argues that Israel has been a “laboratory” and bellwether for changes in defense and foreign affairs and that the book should thus be of broad interest as a testing ground for changes that other states, too, are likely to face.
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