The Significance of Iraq (1981) and Syria (2007) for an Israeli Response to an Iranian Nuclear Threat .

http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/ADA547499

Accession Number : ADA547499

Title : Pre-Emption and Precedent: The Significance of Iraq (1981) and Syria (2007) for an Israeli Response to an Iranian Nuclear Threat

Descriptive Note : Master’s thesis

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Brower, Timothy M

Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547499.pdf

Report Date : 10 Jun 2011

Pagination or Media Count : 110

Abstract : In 1981, Israel conducted a preemptive strike on Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor. Then Israel bombed a Syrian nuclear reactor at al-Kibar in 2007. Today, Israel is facing a new challenge as it considers Iran’s nuclear program. This thesis is a comparative case study analyzing how Israel utilized its instruments of national power to deal with the threats in Iraq and Syria and how the international community responded after Israel destroyed their nuclear reactors. After determining the similarities and differences between cases, the thesis draws implications for Israel’s ongoing efforts to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. This study is significant because it is the first comparative case study to analyze Israel’s experiences dealing with Iraq and Syria’s nuclear programs. The findings of the study offer insight into U.S. strategic planners as they consider strategies and timelines for dealing with Tehran’s nuclear program, recognizing that Israel is willing to act unilaterally as historical events attest. The findings will assist U.S. decision makers as they formulate policies concerning Iran, Israel, and the uncertain road ahead.

Descriptors : *AIR STRIKES , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *IRAQ , *ISRAEL , *NUCLEAR REACTORS , *RESPONSE , *SYRIA , ATTACK , CASE STUDIES , COVERT OPERATIONS , DIPLOMACY , ECONOMIC SANCTIONS , HISTORY , IRAN , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , POLICIES , REACTOR FUEL ENRICHMENT , THESES , THREATS

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Eng

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE

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