By Anthony H. Cordesman
The truth of the Arab-Israeli stability now comprises subordinate balances: Israel as opposed to Syria and Israel as opposed to the Palestinians. The booklet analyzes those balances intimately and their effect on protection making plans in every one nation and at the total strategic hazard to the zone as an entire. It covers army advancements in every one of six states-Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine-and presents an analytical view with charts and tables of the way the altering natures of the army and political threats confronted via every one is impacting its army strength readiness and improvement. The publication has the main entire info on prior, present, and destiny army strength constitution at the moment to be had, drawn from the widest diversity of sources.Responding to the newest of occasions within the area, this booklet is the 1st to house the consequences at the Arab-Israeli army stability of the strategic uncertainty created by way of the Iraqi insurgency and the Iranian nuclear application. It additionally reports how the Gaza pullout, the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, the altering political panorama in Israel, and the specter of nuclear proliferation are having affects at the Egyptian-Israeli and Jordanian-Israeli peace accords and the clients for a payment among the Palestinians and Israelis. the jobs of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are analyzed in gentle of the altering political panorama in either Israel and Palestine. Given the position of Syria within the Palestinian-Israeli affairs, the e-book additionally explores the ways in which inner instability in Lebanon may perhaps amplify right into a local clash.
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Syria has seen a steady drop in army manpower quality since the early 1990s and has become more and more a bureaucratic garrison force. Some Special Forces and armored units are exceptions, but promotion is highly dependent on favoritism 26 ARAB-ISRAELI MILITARY FORCES IN AN ERA OF ASYMMETRIC WARS and nepotism. The NCO corps and technical specialists in other ranks lag badly in both quality and status. The occupation of Lebanon has also encouraged a pattern of corruption, compounded by relatively poor salaries and a slow loss of social status.
8 Arab Active vs. Israeli Mobilized Army Manpower: 1973–2003 As has been touched upon earlier, such figures disguise the major differences in manpower quality between countries. They also disguise the major differences between units. Israel and Jordan do maintain a rough consistency in the quality of the manpower in their major combat units, but even these countries give some units significantly higher priority in terms of officer and NCO quality, realistic training, and cadres of professional full-time soldiers.
The training of extremist forces, militias, and similar informal forces is poor and often more a showpiece than anything meaningful. The net result is a gap between Israel and its Arab neighbors that is bridged only to a moderate degree in Egypt and Jordan. Israel has a greatly superior unit and exercise training at the field (FTX) and command post (CPX) levels—although this has been weakened since 2000 by the need to fight the Palestinians. Egyptian FTX- and CPXlevel exercises are sometimes good, but are often showpiece efforts that are undemanding and unrealistic.