By Anthony H. Cordesman
The truth of the Arab-Israeli stability now includes subordinate balances: Israel as opposed to Syria and Israel as opposed to the Palestinians. The e-book analyzes those balances intimately and their influence on safeguard making plans in each one kingdom and at the total strategic threat to the quarter as a complete. It covers army advancements in every one of six states-Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine-and offers an analytical view with charts and tables of the way the altering natures of the army and political threats confronted by way of every one is impacting its army strength readiness and improvement. The ebook has the main accomplished information on earlier, present, and destiny army strength constitution at the moment to be had, drawn from the widest variety of sources.Responding to the latest of occasions within the zone, this booklet is the 1st to house the consequences at the Arab-Israeli army stability of the strategic uncertainty created by way of the Iraqi insurgency and the Iranian nuclear application. It additionally reviews how the Gaza pullout, the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, the altering political panorama in Israel, and the specter of nuclear proliferation are having affects at the Egyptian-Israeli and Jordanian-Israeli peace accords and the customers for a payment among the Palestinians and Israelis. the jobs of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are analyzed in mild of the altering political panorama in either Israel and Palestine. Given the position of Syria within the Palestinian-Israeli affairs, the ebook additionally explores the ways in which inner instability in Lebanon may well increase right into a local clash.
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1 reveals several other important aspects of Arab-Israeli forces. First, even a cursory examination shows that each country has adopted a different approach to mixing active and reserve forces and to choosing its equipment mix in each service. Israel has strikingly low ratios of active manpower to equipment, although this is largely a function of the fact that it is highly dependent on its reserves and is the only country to have an effective reserve system. Second, such an examination also shows that each country has a very different mix of arms within each service, particularly because of its history of combat and partly because of the different emphasis each country places on force quality vs.
The depth and the nature of armored warfare are changing, and Israel has increasingly found that only main battle tanks and heavily armored tanks to AFV conversions can safely engage in close combat in urban and built-up areas. Israel has not as yet, however, encountered the kind of systematic ambushes and improvised explosive device attacks on soft support and logistic vehicles that have forced the United States to up-armor many of its support and logistic vehicles in Iraq. 15 Operational Arab-Israeli Armored Personnel Carriers in 2006 Varying Mixes of Artillery and Antiaircraft Weapons As might be expected from armies that have fought several major wars of maneuver, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria all have large numbers of self-propelled artillery weapons—although the ratios differ and there are major differences in equipment quality.
Israel and Jordan do maintain a rough consistency in the quality of the manpower in their major combat units, but even these countries give some units significantly higher priority in terms of officer and NCO quality, realistic training, and cadres of professional full-time soldiers. The quality of combat support units is often higher than that of service support and logistic units. S. equipment, units with older Soviet-bloc equipment and reserve units. 9 Arab-Israeli Land Force Manpower in 2006 NCO, and professional cadres.
Arab-Israeli Military Forces in an Era of Asymmetric Wars (Praeger Security International) by Anthony H. Cordesman