Major General (res.) Yaacov Amidror
The Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Amidror was National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu and chairman of the National Security Council (April 2011-November 2013). He served for 36 years in senior IDF posts (1966-2002), including commander of the Military Colleges (including the National Defense College, Staff and Command College, and Tactical Command Academy), military secretary to the Minister of Defense, director of the Intelligence Analysis Division in Military Intelligence, and chief intelligence officer of the Northern Command. He is a distinguished fellow at JINSA’s Gemunder Center. He is the author of three books on intelligence and military strategy, Reflections on Army and Security (Hebrew, 2002), Intelligence, Theory and Practice (Hebrew, 2006), and Winning Counterinsurgency War: The Israeli Experience (JCPA, 2008). His recent publications include Perfect Storm: The Implications of Middle East Chaos and Israel’s Inelegant Options in Judea and Samaria: Withdrawal, Annexation and Conflict Management.
The Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies.
The Logic of Israel’s Actions to Contain Iran in Syria and Lebanon
Israel’s opposition to Iranian entrenchment in Syria and Lebanon is twofold: To prevent Iran from building a beachhead against Israel through its proxies on Israel’s borders, and to impede development of Iran’s nuclear and long-range missile capabilities. Israel is absolutely determined and prepared to act forcefully against Iran, which could lead to a full-scale war. Israel must win this struggle against Iran, one way or another.
Iran in Multi-Dimensional Scrutiny
Iran is on the march, presenting a significant security challenge to Israel and to moderate Sunni countries. It is investing blood, figuratively and literally, in realizing its aspirations for a Shiite corridor to the Mediterranean Sea, in strengthening its influence in the region via militia forces, in building a nuclear option, and in threatening Israel.
New storms on the horizon
The recent protests in Iran are very important because they point to the Iranian leadership's economic failures, and the consequent anger harbored by a considerable number of Iranian citizens over their country's investments in far-off countries such as Lebanon and Syria. These investments, they feel, are at their expense.
Russia Rages at Israel After Syria Downs Russian Plane, Key Israeli Delegation Goes to Moscow.
General Amidror: It is very important for Israel to prevent the Iranians from building this independent war machine in Syria and to prevent the Iranians from transferring game-changer weapons systems into the hands of Hezbollah.
Will Iraqi territory be used to fire rockets on Israel from Iran?
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror: Israel needs to be ready to take military risks to prevent Iran from establishing its own forces in Syria.
No Matter Who Wins the Syrian Civil War, Israel Loses.
General Amidror: “We cannot do everything, but we can do a lot to force the Iranians to decide if they are ready to pay the price” for their intervention in Syria.
Israel’s “Top Military Strategist” Talks War and Peace
Israeli muscle has left the Jewish state with only 1.5 security problems: Iran and Hezbollah. But that doesn’t mean the next conflict won’t be “a very, very nasty war.”
One hundred kilometers between war and peace in Syria?
General Amidror: Confronting Iran in Syria now is preferable than allowing the Islamic Republic to build up its military capability in Syria on par with that of Hizbullah's in Lebanon.
Israel’s use of fatal fire in Gaza: Excessive force or justified mob control?
General Amidror: I reject critics who sit in an air-conditioned office, drink coffee and give advice to the Israeli army that is facing off against many thousands of Palestinians.
Former NSC Head Amidror: South Africa And Turkey Not Important for Israel.
"The world doesn’t understand difference between a protest in Brussels and a terrorist group using a protest as cover to destroy a military barrier."
Gaza buries its dead as death toll from protests at fence with Israel rises to at least 60.
General Amidror: Hamas is a terrorist organization that is attempting to stop Israel from building a system that would stop their underground terror tunnels.
Israel girds for Tehran’s revenge as the price of getting Iran out of Syria
General Amidror: “We let Hezbollah amass 120,000 missiles in Lebanon. We will not make the same mistake in Syria.”
With Iran operating in Syria, Israel girds itself for 'First Northern War'
General Amidror: Israel will have to face two fronts at the same time: one in Syria, one in Lebanon
CBC News, 01.03.18
Iran, Deeply Embedded in Syria, Expands ‘Axis of Resistance’ Gen. Amidror: “Israel face not only quantities of Hezbollah missiles, but the threat to vulnerable strategic sites.” By Ben Hubbard, Isabel Kershner and Anne Barnard, The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2018