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Israel’s strategy for confronting the Iranian military buildup to its North

Last weekend saw four separate attacks on Iran-linked targets in Lebanon. Syria and Iraq which many sources have attributed to Israel. This Update follows up by looking at the broader implications of recent events in terms of Israel's general strategy for confronting the build-up of Iranian-affiliated forces, bases and military manufacturing capabilities in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. 

Factsheet: Alleged Israeli attacks on Iranian-linked targets over recent days

Over the last few days, there have been four attacks against sites in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq which have been attributed to Israeli forces.

Syria Concerns

This Update deals with some recent analysis of Israeli policy toward Syria as the civil war there winds down, and some specific concerns vis-a-vis Syria for Israel, other regional actors, and the international community more broadly. 

Hamas and Iran Continue to Rekindle Their Relationship

If reports of deepening Iranian involvement and increasing financial support for Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank are accurate, it can’t mean anything good for the future of either the Palestinian territories or Israel.

Recent developments in Israel’s defensive situation and strategy

This Update is focused on analysing the wider picture behind some recent events affecting Israel's defence strategy - namely, claims Israel launched raids on Iranian targets in Iraq over recent weeks, reports that Hezbollah has now established a presence in Syria on the Golan border with Israel, and the recent successful test of Israel's new Arrow-3 missile defence system in Alaska

Behind the News – July 2019

The use of improvised explosive devices and incendiary balloons markedly increased, resulting in more than 35 fires in Israeli territory since May 6. “March of Return” riots and associated violence have also continued unabated along the security fence with Gaza. 

US expert warns on Iran

Middle East security expert Dr Michael Doran believes the approach by most Western nations, including Australia and New Zealand, to the dangers posed by Iran and its proxies is inadequate.

Essay: The Golan Heights and international law

The norms used to adjudicate land claims and challenge Israel’s rights to the Golan are not only selectively applied, they are mutually incoherent – their real power is not as legal precedents but as political instruments. 

Deconstruction Zone: Children of the Israeli Golan

No one asks us – the children of the Israeli Golan who were born after 1967. Yes, I am an Israeli and nothing associates me with Syria except for the slogans I have been hearing for almost 50 years. 

Michael Doran on Golan Heights recognition

What is the implication of President Trump's decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights?

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