- Israel Likely to Face War in 2020, Top Think Tank Warns
by Itamar Eichner, https://www.ynetnews.com/
All-out war in the north, escalation in Gaza and West Bank, and Iran an increasing threat, says assessment by INSS; Tel Aviv University institute recommends fresh bid for negotiations with Palestinians, restoration of relations with Jordan, making Israel a bilateral consensus issue in U.S. politics.
The possibility of war in 2020 has risen, says a new report published this week by the Institute for National Security Studies, a think tank at Tel Aviv University. At the center of this strategic assessment stands the tension between Israel’s growing power and influence in the region, and the possibility of this current strength becoming fragile and temporary.
This tension stems from a list of factors that might lead in the coming year to a wide-scale conflict and even war in the region. All of this due to Israel’s conduct regarding several national security challenges: the growing tenacity and resolve of the Iranian regime, both in regards to its nuclear capabilities and its efforts to increase its foothold in Syria and other areas in order to operate against Israel; Hezbollah’s efforts to achieve precision weapons; and Hamas’ efforts to calm tensions in the Gaza Strip and influence the terms of its developing agreement with Israel.