Accession Number:

ADA043916

Title:

Israeli Perceptions of American Security Policy: Current Trends and Future Alternatives.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 75-30 Sep 76,

Corporate Author:

ABBOTT ASSOCIATES INC ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

208.0

Abstract:

One of the most significant outcomes of the 1973 October War and its aftermath has been the emergence of the United States as both the major weapons supplier to Israel, as well as certain Arab states, and as a principal agent attempting to establish a strategic balance in the Middle East region. It is necessary for U.S. defense planners to develop a range of options that meet the vital security needs of Israel, in terms of critical weapons systems, secure borders, early warning assistance, and supporting economic aid without creating destabilizing shifts in the critical force balance. The present report analyzes perceptions of the Middle East strategic balance held by the Israeli leadership and public. Since it is these views which ultimately serve to shape Israeli policy, and the demands placed on the United States, this analysis explores both how the Israelis view alternative American policy options, and the impact various alternative American options can be expected to have on the Israeli decision-making process and ultimate policy flexibility.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE