Netanyahu’s security outlook: No existential threat to Israel 

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In upcoming article, former National Security Council head Jacob Nagel discusses nonclassified parts of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security and defense outlook • Netanyahu does not see any existential threat to Israel right now, and wants to keep it that way.

In a professional article due to be published in the U.S., former acting National Security Adviser Jacob Nagel reveals additional nonclassified parts of Netanyahu’s security and defense outlook.

One of Netanyahu’s underlying assumptions is that there is currently no existential threat facing the state of Israel, Iranian threats notwithstanding. Nagel writes that Netanyahu thinks this situation should be maintained.

Another point of the outlook is the need to protect the homefront and vital national infrastructure and government institutions in light of tactics shifts by the enemy

A third major aspect of Netanyahu’s outlook is that Israel must transition to a state of ongoing warfare rather than preparing for wars characterized by outbursts of extreme violence, such as those Israel fought in the early years of its existence.

The defense establishment considers a well-organized and written security and defense doctrine to be a tool of utmost importance when it comes to force building. Nagel states in his article that it is rare for a prime minister to compose his own security and defense outlook.

The last complete defense outlook for Israel was compiled by David Ben-Gurion and approved by the government in 1953. Since then, no other doctrine has been approved, although attempts have been made over the years to update the Ben-Gurion document.


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