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Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen is a senior research fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. He served in the IDF for forty-two years. He commanded troops in battles with Egypt and Syria. He was formerly a corps commander and commander of the IDF Military Colleges.

ARTICLES BY: Gershon Hacohen

February 19, 2019 9:29 am

Benny Gantz’s Dangerous Ambiguity on West Bank Disengagement

For all his efforts to keep his views on key national issues under wraps, so as to make his premiership bid appeal to the largest...

January 28, 2019 9:10 am

Rethinking Israel’s Syria Campaign

Moscow’s public demand that Israel stop its attacks in Syria places Israel’s long-standing air campaign at a critical juncture despite Benjamin Netanyahu’s avowed determination to...

January 1, 2019 9:50 am

The US Withdrawal from Syria Teaches Israel a Hard Lesson

The Oslo peace process took place under unique global circumstances. The Soviet Union had just collapsed and the Cold War had come to an abrupt...

December 26, 2018 8:57 am

Gaza and Lebanon: The Two Turning Points of 2018

Major wars tend to produce clear and visible strategic turning points. But less dramatic events often generate shifts that are no less significant, albeit in...

December 11, 2018 8:45 am

The Hezbollah-Lebanon Symbiosis Is a Threat to Israel

The question of Lebanon’s responsibility for acts of aggression emanating from its territory has long preoccupied Israeli decision-makers. During the Second Lebanon War, for instance,...

November 15, 2018 12:16 pm

The Israeli Security Situation: Wandering Through a Maze

The discourse that tends to swirl around events like this week’s sharp Gaza escalation generally involves a clichéd discussion about “the loss of deterrence.” But the gauge...

October 18, 2018 9:34 am

How a Bedouin Settlement Can Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute

While there is little doubt that the Bedouin settlement of Khan Ahmar on the Jerusalem-Dead Sea road was illegally built, the decision to move its...

October 5, 2018 7:53 am

Israel Must Rethink Its Syria Strategy After Downing of Russian Plane

The crisis between Jerusalem and Moscow over culpability for the recent downing of a Russian plane in Syria has far less to do with the...

September 20, 2018 9:16 am

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Israeli Demographics and Construction

Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to contact you personally and directly. The State of Israel and its citizens have been fortunate to have you at the...

September 9, 2018 7:34 am

Why Cutting Aid to UNRWA Is Necessary

With the sole exception of the Palestinians, international law does not grant refugee status to generation after generation of any group until the end of...

August 29, 2018 8:23 am

The Israel-Hamas Deal: Escape From Oslo

Both domestic and external opponents of the crystallizing deal between the Israeli government and Hamas view the nascent agreement as antithetical to the two-state solution....

July 12, 2018 11:34 am

The Gaza Lesson and the Myth of Disengagement

The situation in the Gaza Strip since the 2005 Israeli disengagement debunks three fundamental assumptions that have become axiomatic in the Israeli security discourse: total...

July 8, 2018 12:02 pm

The Limits of Israel’s Technological Superiority

There is no technological solution to the problem of kite terrorism. However decisive it may be, Israeli technology in and of itself does not guarantee...

June 21, 2018 6:35 am

Hamas’ Kite Terrorism Requires a Decisive Response

Hamas’ setting of wildfires on thousands of hectares of natural woodland and farmland on the Israeli side of the Gaza border is a calculated and...


Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

Has the US Intelligence Community Misread Iran’s Nuclear Program? - Donald Trump clashed with the intelligence community last week over the...


Iran Still Holding Up Its End of Nuclear Deal, IAEA Report Shows

Iran has remained within the key limits on its nuclear activities imposed by its 2015 deal with major powers despite growing pressure from newly reimposed US sanctions, a report by the...


Israeli Gunfire Kills Gaza Rioter at Border Demonstration

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager and wounded around 40 others at a protest attended by thousands on the Gaza Strip border on Friday, Gaza health officials said. Israel's military...

Middle East

Syria Kurds Evacuate Civilians From Islamic State Redoubt, Hail Trump Troop...

Kurdish-led forces in Syria said they would complete the evacuation of thousands of civilians from Islamic State's last redoubt in...