Chapter 12 proposes a comprehensive new Israeli national security strategy. The overall thrust is that Israel has become fundamentally secure and can adopt a long-term approach of greater “strategic patience,” with a heightened emphasis on defense, including building a national rocket and missile shield, and diplomacy. Separation from the Palestinians should be Israel’s foremost national objective. Israel should define relations with the United States as a fundamental national security pillar, adapt to the reality of dependence, and seek a defense treaty, but also aspire to independence where possible. Israel must maintain robust conventional and strategic capabilities, maintain nuclear ambiguity, ensure Iran never crosses the nuclear threshold, but prepare for an era in which the “Begin Doctrine” may no longer be feasible. The strategy further emphasizes the need to preserve and strengthen Israel’s domestic sources of power and thus the need for socioeconomic and electoral reform as primary national security objectives.
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