Israel and Syria: The Military Balance and Prospects of War by Anthony H. Cordesman

By Anthony H. Cordesman

Israel and Syria: the army stability and clients of struggle offers an in depth and present photograph of the army features of Israel and Syria, reflecting the adjustments and classes of the Israel-Hezbollah battle in 2006 and different fresh conflicts. It bargains huge research, supported by means of tables and charts, at the developments in army spending, palms imports and expertise transfers, army manpower, guns, and orders of conflict. via going past army stability research, Cordesman examines the possible nature and result of a destiny struggle and the way the readiness, power, strategies, and know-how on either side may form its outcome.Israel and Syria: the army stability and clients of warfare exhibits how a deadly new clash among either international locations could cripple all strides in strategic profits and Israeli-Syrian international relations. nonetheless, peace negotiations would provide a more secure, extra efficient dating. Israel and Syria have to contemplate the genuine nature in their army stability and the undermining impact to either international locations in addition to the prices and dangers of any destiny clash. even supposing Syria does continue very important innovations when it comes to uneven and proxy conflicts, it should fail in its try and recapture the Golan. whereas Israel could probably win a destiny struggle, it can't make profits from buying extra Syrian territory and a brand new battle may create significant issues of its friends and in facing the Palestinians.The possibility of a brand new Israeli-Syrian clash is so severe that each side have to comprehend the genuine nature in their army stability, and the prices and hazards of any destiny clash. Israel and Syria: the army stability and clients of struggle indicates how harmful a brand new clash may be, that neither part could make lasting strategic profits from a destiny clash, and that peace negotiations supply a miles more secure and extra efficient choice. It offers an in depth and present photograph of the army features of Israel and Syria, reflecting the adjustments and classes of the Israel-Hezbollah battle in 2006 and different contemporary conflicts. Israel and Syria: the army stability and clients of struggle presents broad research, supported by means of tables and charts, at the tendencies in army spending, fingers imports and expertise transfers, army manpower, guns, and orders of conflict. via going past army stability research, Cordesman examines the possible nature and result of a destiny conflict and the way the readiness, strength, strategies, and expertise on both sides could form its final result.

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One important caveat that must be kept in mind, however, is that Israel is a comparatively small country surrounded on three sides by Arab nations. 3 Israeli versus Syrian Operational Force Strength as of 2008 mobilized. 5 shows, Israel’s potential need to defend several borders at once is an issue, as is its lack of strategic depth and airspace. Israel is a country with only 20,330 square kilometers of land territory versus 990,450 square kilometers for Egypt, 91,971 for Jordan, 10,230 for Lebanon, and 184,050 for Syria.

12 Arab-Israeli Multiple Rocket Launchers by Caliber in 2008 Israel’s advantages in precision artillery extend to include the ability to acquire targets and observe fire in real time using unmanned aerial vehicles and long-range ground-based and other aerial sensors. Israel also has a major advantage in processing such data, joint air-land targeting and operations, and battle damage analysis. Syria has a number of long-range weapons, but poor long-range targeting and battle damage assessment capability—unless it can take advantage of covert observers using cell phones or similar communications devices.

Syrian forces still have very real pockets of excellence, but they exist in spite of—not because of—Syria’s overall approach to manpower quality. Syria’s potential allies or proxies also lack the kind of effective conventional warfighting capability necessary to challenge the IDF. Hezbollah demonstrated the limits of its warfighting capabilities in 2006, as well as some of its strengths. It can play a limited, largely defensive role in conventional warfare and wage spoiler attacks and wars of defensive attrition, but is not a serious threat to Israel’s ability to maneuver, defend its territory, or exercise air and missile supremacy.

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