Israel and Weak Neighboring States:
Lessons from the Israeli Experience in Lebanon

Dr. Ehud Eiran February 2013
Policy Papers and Reports / Israel and the East Mediterranean

The Arab Spring reshaped the set of threats that Israel is facing. Rather than fearing the strength of their Arab neighbors, Israelis are now concerned by their weakness. Israel has a long and painful experience with neighborly weakness, as it had to deal with some ramifications of the weakness and then collapse of the Lebanese state. The following paper investigates the history of Israel’s response to the threat posed to it from Lebanon since the 1960s, and highlights a number of significant lessons-learned, as Jerusalem faces again the “threat of the weak”.

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