Deterrence and Proportionality in Israeli Military Doctrine: The Second Lebanon War

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dc.contributor.advisor Makiya, Kanan
dc.contributor.author Ganem-Rosen, Miriam
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-23T16:23:17Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-23T16:23:17Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/24259
dc.description.abstract This paper asks whether Israel’s strategy of deterrence through disproportionate retaliation is effective in its asymmetrical conflicts against non-state actors. It begins with an analysis of the Israeli strategy of deterrence and retaliation methods against non-state actors, surveying the application of deterrence and retaliation strategies from 1948 through the 1982 Lebanon War. It culminates in an analysis of Israeli involvement in Lebanon, the rise of Hezbollah, and the Second Lebanon War of 2006. The paper finds that Israel has developed an overreliance on military force, which leads it to use it excessively in situations where it is ineffective, such as in asymmetrical conflict. It concludes that not only does the use of excessive force in asymmetrical conflict fail to affect the motivation or capabilities of the non-state adversary which would enforce Israeli deterrence, but it also creates humanitarian catastrophes, which in turn bring about diplomatic isolation and the delegitimization of Israel’s struggle against terrorism.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Miriam Ganem-Rosen 2011
dc.subject security
dc.subject low-intensity warfare
dc.subject deterrence
dc.subject Hezbollah
dc.subject Lebanon
dc.subject Israel
dc.title Deterrence and Proportionality in Israeli Military Doctrine: The Second Lebanon War
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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