Intelligence assessments similar to the one undergirding Israel’s policy against Iran in Syria failed in the past. It still doesn't mean this one will, too, but Netanyahu's statements might end up provoking Tehran
The problem is that today’s Israel is focusing on solving a challenge that has no military solution
We should consider the initiative a way to deal with the threat from Iran and its creation, Hezbollah. And if Iran opposed the foray, its isolation in the Arab and Muslim world would grow
Trying Eli Zeira, former director of Military Intelligence, for exposing one of Israel's greatest sources of intelligence is a matter of justice not payback.
Israel's image as having nuclear weapons makes it easier for countries like Iran to make progress in that respect.
The situation today is that the major part of the Syrian army is located between the Golan Heights and the Damascus area, and the entire Golan is in the range of hundreds of Syrian artillery barrels.
From its inability to predict the end of the Cold War, to the debacle surrounding 9/11 and the flawed assessment of Saddam Hussein's weapons capabilities - the CIA has racked up a series of failures in recent years and continues to lose face.
The possibility of initiating a diplomatic process with Syria passed before our eyes almost without notice.
We don't have to wait for the Winograd Committee's interim report to read about how Israel's top troika turned last summer's war into a political and military disgrace. This fine book by Shelah and Limor has beaten the panel to the punch.
"Milhemet Yom Kippur, zman emet: hamahadura hame'udkenet" ("The Yom Kippur War, Real Time: The Updated Edition" by Ronen Bergman and Gil Meltzer, Yedioth Ahronoth/Hemed Books, 544 pages, NIS 98.
Thirty-one years after the Yom Kippur War, it would be wise to clearly state what most Israelis refuse to understand and try to forget: It was a war that could have been prevented.
Thirty years after the most traumatic war in the history of the state, it is beginning to assume its proper place on the bookshelf. If, five years ago, around the time of its 25th anniversary, there was only one rather conventional book on the Yom Kippur War, this year at least a dozen new books have come out.
"Russia's War," by Richard Overy, translated into Hebrew by Ofer Shor, Dvir Publishers, 424 pages, NIS 89.