The Naval Arena in the Struggle Against Iran

(Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University) Yoel Guzansky - The seizure of the ship carrying weapons from Iran to Syria (intended apparently for Hizbullah via Syria) in November revealed something of the scope of the struggle between Iran and Israel on the high seas. The option of operating at sea allows Israel to refine its deterrent and offensive capabilities with regard to Iran and would allow the West to impose crippling sanctions on Iran if and when the need arises. In the next battle Israel can expect most of its air force bases and airfields to be exposed to long-range rocket and surface-to-surface missile fire over time and in ranges greater than ever before, and the importance of maritime activity will rise. Israel must adhere to a policy that de facto expands its strategic borders.

2009-12-10 07:43:26

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