At the present time, Israel is emerging from a state of military and strategic ambiguity to a state of publicity and clarity after many years in which it adopted the strategy of living in the basement and not declaring, which was applied to the strategy of nuclear ambiguity, and imposed a kind of ambiguity towards disclosure.
Perhaps this is clearly evident in the announcement that Israel will host the most advanced international air training, which bears the blue flag at the Ovda base, in which 7 countries participated with the aim of strengthening strategic cooperation between the participating countries, and focused mainly on gaining the expertise of the integration mechanism to employ fifth-generation aircraft, and facing scenarios Air and air battles, and facing battles in more than one theater of operations…
It is clear that Israel – in the face of new changes in the Middle East, the conclusion of peace agreements and the absence of real regional risks with the exception of the current Iranian threat – and the emergence of common dangers, has tended to re-arrange its options and strategic determinants, especially since Israel has for many years refused to participate in collective security arrangements Rather, it was not allowed to visit the naval vessels of the “NATO” and others.
Things have changed at the present time. For years, Israel allowed the establishment of an American military base residing on its lands in a precedent that did not occur, and even accepted the affiliation of the American Central Command with the Arab countries, which means that the Israeli military thought has become a believer in the necessity of collective security action, and even moving from Adoption of dry and deaf security concepts to the adoption of more open and acceptable concepts, which will take place in the Mediterranean region as well, in its south and along the other confrontation areas, indicating that Israel is changing to be an acceptable state, evidenced by the participation of major countries from the United States, Germany, Italy, Britain, France and India and Greece, and the message is that Israel is dealing with threats that erupt in the regional environment, and wants to draw both defensive and offensive policies, in light of a state of instability in the entire region, and moving from unconventional threats to super-traditional threats that can threaten everyone, including Israel.
The witness is that the Israeli strategic thought has become very certain that collective security formulas are the best and most important, and that they can provide the required security for Israel in partnership with the United States, which means that Israel will come up with a new strategy for its security with the support and support of the United States.
For this reason, it is not surprising that the military in Israel call for the adoption of a new national security theory that takes into account the magnitude of the huge changes that have occurred in recent years, and not to work with what is in place, as they demand the need to adopt a strategy of confrontation and openness to the political and strategic scene, and to abandon ambiguity in the nuclear issue, as a means of deterrence. Even declaring that it possesses sufficient nuclear warheads, which makes it the sole owner of nuclear weapons in the entire region, and that Israel wants to emphasize the existence of a real danger targeting it and the necessity of uniting in confronting it.
Thus, it is expected that Israel will witness a controversy between “political Israel” that wants to achieve the gains of openness to the region and build clearer and more transparent relations in light of the achievement of peace with Arab countries, Israel’s reintroduction of the region and building real partnerships, and “military Israel.” Which corresponds to the internal political level, although it focuses on advancing the strategic conflict – which cannot be used – while working on building a strategic map for Israel’s national security with the support of the United States and friendly countries in the Mediterranean and beyond, which is currently taking place with the benefit of Israel’s military capabilities Especially that its presence in the US Central Command will give it the opportunity to achieve its goals in the medium and long term.
* Academician specializing in strategic affairs and political science.