Settlements and security

A debate 1

Authored by: Gershon Hacohen , Shaul Arieli

Routledge Handbook on Israeli Security

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138217300
eBook ISBN: 9781315165196
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315165196-7

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Abstract

Strictly in terms of Israeli security, two arguments underpin the proposition that Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria constitute an asset. With the Jordan River providing vital strategic and defensive depth, the first argument points to the sheer impossibility of defending Israel’s heavily concentrated population along the narrow Mediterranean coastal strip without (a) direct and (b) effective control of the area to its east. The second and related argument rehearses the cornerstone of traditional security doctrine and views civilian West Bank communities as essential for maintaining this direct and effective control.

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