A five-year breathing space

Israel must use the time to improve its strategic position vis-à-vis a future Iranian nuclear drive.

By EMILY B. LANDAU
February 4, 2016 17:51
Gadi Eisenkot

IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot . (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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IN A rare public address in mid-January, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot described last summer’s Iran nuclear deal as a “strategic turning point,” heralding a significant change both in the “vector” Iran was pursuing and in how the Israeli military perceives the issue.

Speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies’ annual conference in Tel Aviv, he observed that although many dangers remain, there are also new opportunities. While the military is naturally focused on the risks, Eisenkot cautioned against embracing worst-case scenarios, which in his view can be as problematic as overly optimistic ones.

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