Arab-Israeli Military Forces in an Era of Asymmetric Wars

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2006 - History - 416 pages
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The reality of the Arab-Israeli balance now consists of two subordinate balances: Israel versus Syria and Israel versus the Palestinians. The book analyzes these two balances in detail and their impact on defense planning in each country and on the overall strategic risk to the region as a whole. It covers military developments in each of six states-Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine-and provides an analytical view with charts and tables of how the changing natures of the military and political threats faced by each is impacting its military force readiness and development. The book has the most comprehensive data on past, current, and future military force structure currently available, drawn from the widest range of sources.

Responding to the most recent of events in the region, this book is the first to deal with the effects on the Arab-Israeli military balance of the strategic uncertainty created by the Iraqi insurgency and the Iranian nuclear program. It also studies how the Gaza pullout, the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, the changing political landscape in Israel, and the threat of nuclear proliferation are having impacts on the Egyptian-Israeli and Jordanian-Israeli peace accords and the prospects for a settlement between the Palestinians and Israelis. The roles of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are analyzed in light of the changing political landscape in both Israel and Palestine. Given the role of Syria in the Palestinian-Israeli affairs, the book also explores the ways that internal instability in Lebanon could escalate into a regional conflict.

  

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
THE ARABISRAELI RING STATES
9
2 MAJOR TRENDS IN FORCE STRENGTH
11
THE ARABISRAELI BALANCE FORCES IN THE ARABISRAELI RING STATES IN 2006
13
ISRAEL VS EGYPT SYRIA JORDAN AND LEBANON IN 2006
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ISRAELI VS SYRIAN OPERATIONAL FORCE STRENGTH IN 2006
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SYRIANISRAELI ARMS AGREEMENTS AND DELIVERIES 19932004
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ARABISRAELI BORDERS
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ISRAELS SEARCH FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
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5 THE MILITARY FORCES OF EGYPT
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EGYPTIAN MILITARY FORCE STRUCTURE
159
RECENT EGYPTIAN ARMS TRANSFERS
160
EGYPT
161
EGYPTIAN ARMY FORCE STRUCTURE
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EGYPTIAN AIR FORCE FORCE STRUCTURE
171
EGYPTIAN AIR DEFENSE COMMAND FORCE STRUCTURE
176

TOTAL ARABISRAELI ACTIVE MILITARY MANPOWER 19732006
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ARAB ACTIVE VS ISRAELI MOBILIZED ARMY MANPOWER 19732005
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ARAB ACTIVE VS ISRAELI MOBILIZED ARMY MANPOWER 19732003
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ARABISRAELI LAND FORCE MANPOWER IN 2006
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ARABISRAELI ARMORED FORCES IN 2006
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ISRAEL VS EGYPT SYRIA JORDAN AND LEBANON OPERATIONAL TANKS BY TYPE 2006
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ISRAEL VS EGYPT SYRIA JORDAN AND LEBANON HIGHQUALITY TANKS BY TYPE 2006
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ARABISRAELI OTHER ARMORED FIGHTING VEHICLES LIGHT TANKS AFVS APCS SCOUTS RECCE OAFVS 19732005
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ISRAEL VS EGYPT SYRIA JORDAN AND LEBANON TRUE AFVS 2006
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OPERATIONAL ARABISRAELI ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIERS IN 2006
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ARABISRAELI ARTILLERY FORCES BY CATEGORY OF WEAPON IN 2006
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ISRAEL VS EGYPT SYRIA JORDAN AND LEBANON HIGH PERFORMANCE
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ARABISRAELI SELFPROPELLED ARTILLERY BY CALIBER IN 2006
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ARABISRAELI MULTIPLE ROCKET LAUNCHERS BY CALIBER IN 2006
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ARABISRAELI AIR FORCE AND AIR DEFENSE MANPOWER IN 2006
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TRENDS IN TOTAL ARABISRAELI COMBAT AIRCRAFT 19732006
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TOTAL OPERATIONAL ARABISRAELI COMBAT FIGHTER ATTACK BOMBER BY TYPE IN 2006
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HIGHQUALITY OPERATIONAL ARABISRAELI COMBAT AIRCRAFT IN 2006
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UNARMED FIXED AND ROTARY WING RECCE ELECTRONIC
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OPERATIONAL ARABISRAELI ATTACK AND ARMED HELICOPTERS IN 2006
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ARABISRAELI LANDBASED AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS IN 2005
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ARABISRAELI NAVAL MANPOWER IN 2006
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ARABISRAELI MAJOR COMBAT SHIPS BY CATEGORY IN 2005
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OTHER ARABISRAELI NAVAL CAPABILITIES IN 2006
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RECAPITALIZATION FORCE MODERNIZATION AND IMPACT ON EFFECTIVENESS
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ESTIMATE OF MILITARY SPENDING AND MANPOWER TRENDS 19852000
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NATIONAL TRENDS IN ARABISRAELI MILITARY SPENDING IN CONSTANT DOLLARS THE DECLINE IN ARAB FORCES AS A SHARE O...
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ARABISRAELI MILITARY EXPENDITURES BY COUNTRY 19972005
54
TREND IN PERCENT OF GNP SPENT ON MILITARY FORCES 19831999 HALF THE BURDEN OF THE EARLY 1980S
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NATIONAL TRENDS IN ARABISRAELI ARMS DELIVERIES IN CONSTANT DOLLARS
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ARABISRAELI NEW ARMS AGREEMENTS AND DELIVERIES BY COUNTRY 19932004
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ARABISRAELI ARMS ORDERS BY SUPPLIER COUNTRY 19932004
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THE COMPARATIVE SIZE OF US MILITARY ASSISTANCE AND COMMERCIAL ARMS SALES TO THE ARABISRAELI RING STATES 1986...
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THE COMPARATIVE SIZE OF US MILITARY ASSISTANCE AND COMMERCIAL ARMS SALES TO THE ARABISRAELI RING STATES 1997...
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4 THE MILITARY FORCES OF ISRAEL
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PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS TOTAL POPULATION IN ISRAEL THE GAZA STRIP THE WEST BANK AND GREATER JERUSALEM 1950...
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ISRAEL
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ROUTES FOR THE ISRAELI SECURITY BARRIER
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ISRAELI MILITARY MANPOWER AND FORCE STRUCTURE TRENDS 19902006
96
THE GAZA STRIP
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ISRAELI ARMY FORCES FORCE STRUCTURE
102
ISRAELI AIR FORCE FORCE STRUCTURE
115
ISRAELI AIR DEFENSE FORCE FORCE STRUCTURE
123
ISRAELI NAVY FORCE STRUCTURE
126
EGYPTIAN NAVY FORCE STRUCTURE
179
EGYPTIAN PARAMILITARY AND SECURITY FORCES FORCE STRUCTURE
186
EGYPTS SEARCH FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
196
EGYPT SINAI PENINSULA
204
6 THE MILITARY FORCES OF JORDAN
208
JORDANIAN MILITARY FORCE STRUCTURE
210
THE JORDANIAN RECAPITALIZATION CRISIS PART ONEARMS DELIVERIES DURING 19851999
211
THE JORDANIAN RECAPITALIZATION CRISIS PART TWO
212
JORDAN
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JORDANIAN ARMY FORCE STRUCTURE
215
JORDANIAN AIR FORCE FORCE STRUCTURE
222
JORDANIAN NAVY FORCE STRUCTURE
225
JORDANIAN PARAMILITARY AND SECURITY FORCES FORCE STRUCTURE
226
THE JORDAN RIVER VALLEY AND HEIGHTS
235
7 THE MILITARY FORCES OF LEBANON
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LEBANESE MILITARY FORCE STRUCTURE
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RECENT LEBANESE ARMS SALES
243
LEBANON
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LEBANESE ARMY FORCE STRUCTURE
245
LEBANESE AIR FORCE FORCE STRUCTURE
248
LEBANESE NAVY FORCE STRUCTURE
249
LEBANESE PARAMILITARY AND SECURITY FORCES FORCE STRUCTURE
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DEVELOPMENTS IN HEZBOLLAH MILITARY FORCES IN LEBANON IN 20042006
262
8 THE MILITARY FORCES OF PALESTINE
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CIA PROFILE OF THE GAZA STRIP AND THE WEST BANKPART ONE
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CIA PROFILE OF THE GAZA STRIP AND THE WEST BANKPART TWO
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MILITARY AND PARAMILITARY STRENGTH OF KEY PALESTINIAN FACTIONS AND HEZBOLLAH AT THE START OF THE ISRAELPAL...
278
CURRENT PALESTINIAN AND LEBANESE FORCES
288
PALESTINIAN PUBLIC OPINION ON THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY FATAH AND HAMAS
305
9 THE MILITARY FORCES OF SYRIA
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SYRIAN FORCES FORCE STRUCTURE
333
THE SYRIAN RECAPITALIZATION CRISIS PART ONE
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THE SYRIAN RECAPITALIZATION CRISIS PART TWO
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SYRIA
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SYRIAN ARMY FORCE STRUCTURE
342
SYRIAN AIR FORCE FORCE STRUCTURE
348
SYRIAN AIR DEFENSE COMMAND FORCE STRUCTURE
352
SYRIAN NAVY FORCE STRUCTURE
354
SYRIAN PARAMILITARY AND SECURITY FORCES FORCE STRUCTURE
356
SYRIAS SEARCH FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
362
THE GOLAN
375
10 AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
381
NOTES
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ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN is Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a military analyst for ABC News. A frequent commentator on National Public Radio, he is the author of numerous books on security issues and has served in a number of senior positions in the U.S. government.