Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror
The Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security.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).
The Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security.
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.
There are certain times when national security challenges must overcome a divided nation
Israel is facing a series of critical decisions in the national security arena, and the necessary condition for dealing with those challenges is maintaining maximum national cohesion. Therefore, lowering the flames in the current public debates and reaching a compromise is imperative.
A New Middle East
Changing Israel's relationship with Arab countries is vital for its regional legitimacy, but it is also in the best interests of the Arab world. Sunni Arab countries want relations with Israel to create a safer region and better tools to deal with the complex reality they face after the "Arab Spring," in the face of Iranian aggression and American hesitancy.
Israel’s Role in Helping the Biden Administration Set Policy Towards Iran
Israel should seek to persuade the Biden transition team not to offer Iran any premature concessions; it should outline what would constitute an acceptable, "stronger and longer" deal; find other international actors to support the policy suggested by Israel (possibly France and even Russia); and prepare a viable military option, both to strengthen America’s negotiating hand and as an option in the case of failure to reverse Iran's present course.
Israeli Decision-Making During the COVID-19 Crisis
There are four factors to consider when weighing action against the coronavirus: public health, preservation of the economy, civil rights, and the international and regional context. National decision-making must take all four of these elements into account, with emphases shifting over the course of time as circumstances change.
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.
Why is Iran returning to the negotiating table?
Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror's JISS article reprinted in Arutz 7
Why is Iran returning to the negotiating table?
Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror's JISS article reprinted in JNS
Why is Iran returning to the negotiating table?
Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror's JISS article reprinted in Israel Hayom
Amid Gaza conflict, global response to Israel not as bad as on TV
General Amidror: The US understood Israel’s need to complete the operation against Hamas. And overall, world reaction to Israel’s campaign against Hamas has been encouraging.
Ex-national security adviser warns: ‘Iran has ability to harm us significantly’
Yaakov Amidror: Tehran’s willingness to use its military capabilities against Israel ‘depends on what level they want to produce this encounter.’
After Saviz strike, Israel may be in dire straits trying to battle Iran at sea
General Amidror of JISS: The endgame is to make it clear to the Iranians that they cannot strike civilian ships that have a connection to Israel. And if they continue to do that, then Israel knows how to operate against Iran.
Former Israeli official: Americans should not give Iranians leverage by easing sanctions
General Yaakov Amidror: The Biden administration needs to grasp that it’s a different Middle East. I don’t think the old notions and ideas will work.
Netanyahu warns as Biden seeks reentry to Iran deal
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror at JISS: If the US returns to the old nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel will have no choice but to act militarily to prevent Iran from manufacturing a nuclear weapon.
With Iran nuclear deal likely, Israel puts all options back on the table
General Amidror of JISS: If the US returns to the old nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel will have no choice but to act militarily to prevent Iran from manufacturing a nuclear weapon.
Experts predict what Israel can expect from new administration
A conference held by JISS and B’nai B’rith International looked at the likely foreign policy priorities of the Biden administration, ranging from COVID-19 to climate change and Iran.
Ex-NSC chief Amidror: Huge mistake for Biden to drop leverage on Iran
Biden should seek Iran nuke restrictions for 50 years.
Normalization is transforming Israel's strategic situation
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror: The snowball effect on Israel's acceptance by Arab states could eventually spill over into the international community and change Israel's place in it.
Israel’s Changing Security Environment
Video briefing by Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, delivered to AIJAC. (Oct. 27)
Both Biden’s and Trump’s Iran policies raise concerns in Israel
General Amidror: Israel’s redline is that Iran must not get close to a nuclear bomb. Iran can have no legitimacy for enrichment or long-term nuclear development.
Shifting dynamics of the Mideast pushed Israel and UAE together
General Amidror: Why give the Palestinians the key to Israel-Arab relations?
Trump’s Peace Plan Rescues Benjamin Netanyahu. For Now.
General Yaakov Amidror: In the Middle East, never assume the promise of future success is equivalent to actual success. Netanyahu masterfully turns lemons into lemonade.
On blocking Iranian progress in developing nuclear weapons
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yaakov Amidror to i24 News
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror
on the importance of sovereignty assertion
Judea and Samaria is the cradle of Jewish history, and necessary for Israel’s security. Israel cannot tolerate a Palestinian state that shares a border with Jordan.
As calls rise for the US to ease sanctions on Tehran, why is Netanyahu silent?
General Amidror: “Israel attacked targets in Syria yesterday, according to foreign sources. The State of Israel continues to do what it needs to do, without talking, and the Americans do whatever they think is right in terms of sanctions.”
Ex-NSC chief Amidror: IDF will have to destroy Hezbollah ‘beast’.
Amidror of JISS: But let’s keep ‘cautious’ Nasrallah around; ‘He lives in a basement, why eliminate him?’
The sovereignty dilemma.
Major Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror: We need a strong and effective Jordanian regime, that shares in interest for a quiet border with us.
Israel Lauds Suleimani Assassination, Though With Caution.
General Amidror: The strike calms fears in Israel about the United States’ willingness to act in the region.
Ex-security chief: Israel needs to attack Iran to stop nukes, ‘ring of fire'.
Maj. Gen. Amidror: There might come a situation where we will have to act directly in Iran to stop the Iranians. The world is not ready to act…not NATO, not the US…they prefer to close their eyes.
Israel’s Shadow War With Iran Widens as Netanyahu Faces Close Election Contest.
General Amidror of JISS: We declared a few years ago that we will not let the Iranians build an independent Iranian war machine.
THE QUESTION ISRAEL’S LEADERS ASK EVERY DAY: WILL TOMORROW BE TOO LATE?
General Amidror of JISS: Iran’s strategic plan is to create a deterrence barrier around Israel, stretching from Lebanon to Syria to Iraq to the Gaza Strip, in order to threaten Israel with an overwhelming and devastating strike on its homeland, should Israel attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
SHOULD THE MOSSAD BE INVOLVED IN FIGHTING BDS?
General Amidror: Israel must do everything with all means to fight BDS.
Why isn’t Iron Dome stopping these deadly rocket attacks?
General Yaakov Amidror: If a rocket is shot at a location less than a few kilometers away, we don’t have enough time to intercept it.
Amidror: Iran Behind the Gaza Escalation.
Why did the Islamic Jihad do this? The answer is again and again and again - Iran.
Israeli generals, diplomats address ability to deter Iran’s ‘war with Israel’
General Amidror: “We don’t expect anyone to fight for Israel. Israel will defend itself, by itself.”
Israel Confirms Attacks on Iranian Targets in Syria.
Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror :“If you want to make clear to the other side that you are determined to prevent something, either you escalate the operation, or you say in public I’m doing it, meaning I’m ready to take the risk”.
General Amidror: US withdrawal from Syria is a red flagץ
Former NSA warns that US pullout from Syria endangers Kurds, empowers Turkey, and sends troubling message to American allies.
How critical are American boots on the ground in Syria for Israel?
General Amidror: “Declaring Israeli sovereignty over the Golan won’t help us in acting against the Iranians, but it won’t stop us from acting against the Iranians.”
Amidror headlines launch of GPO Café.
“The Iranians know that Israel has red lines in Syria and on the Golan Heights, and we are very determined.”
The IDF’s Anti-Tunnel Operation is Not about Tunnels.
General Amidror: It is important to build a legitimacy case against Hezbollah as a criminal terror organization hiding behind and under civilians, exploiting its citizens as human shields.
Israel Moves to Seal Hezbollah Tunnels at Lebanon Border.
General Amidror: Now the ball is in the Hezbollah court. They can react – and the reaction to their reaction might be devastating.
IRAN'S LEBANESE CONTROL DEMANDS REEVALUATION OF WEST'S SUPPORT FOR BEIRUT.
General Amidror: Hezbollah’s bases will have to be destroyed by the Israeli air force, and there is no tactical way to do so without massive amounts of damage.
Kremlin Chilly to Syrian Condolences for Deadly Plane Downing.
General Amidror: It was not our mistake, and we did whatever was needed to prevent any harm to any Russian forces.
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.
With an eye on Syria, Israel seeks broader truce in Gaza.
General Amidror: Israel needs to focus on the real issue: Iran in Syria, not on Hamas.
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.
Ex-‘Israeli NSA Chief: Target Iran, Hezbollah Energy Infrastructure First
General Amidror of JISS: Israel must presume that its cyber defense line will be penetrated by the enemy.
Even hawks are wary of new law that lets PM, defense minister declare war.
General Amidror: I am deeply unhappy with the law in its current version.
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.”
Ex-Security Official: Israel Seeks to Avoid Russian Interests in Syria.
Former NSC head Yaakov Amidror said that Russia "can't complain" if Israel targets Iranians 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
Tunnel Warfare with Hamas: Past, Present, Future. Comment by Gen. Amidror: The IDF will need to continue to update and adapt its tactics for combating the tunnel threat.