High-Trajectory Weapons and Guerilla Warfare: Adjusting Fundamental Security Concepts

[Strategic Assessment/Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University] Gabriel Siboni - Countries such as Syria and organizations like Hizbullah in Lebanon and Palestinian organizations have built up high-trajectory fire capabilities as a key part of their operational capability. The Syrian military has built up powerful, well-stocked firing capabilities in a system built to operate on Israel's northern front as well as within Israel's strategic interior. At the same time, Hizbullah and other terror organizations have also built up high-trajectory systems, which present Israel with a significant challenge. Actually, Syria could launch an attack that comprises firing on IDF forces or a terror attack against civilians without operating any sort of maneuvering force and without any objective of seizing territory. Given the special conditions Israel faces, mainly the size of its territory, its minimal strategic depth, and the concentration of its population and strategic infrastructure within a narrow and crowded area, it is imperative to examine the implications of the changing nature of the threat to Israel.

2008-02-28 01:00:00

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