Main Doctrine

Basic Points

  • Israel cannot afford to lose a single war
  • Defensive on the strategic level, no territorial ambitions
  • Desire to avoid war by political means and a credible deterrent posture
  • Preventing escalation
  • Determine the outcome of war quickly and decisively
  • Combating terrorism
  • Very low casualty ratio


Prepare for Defense

  • A small standing army with an early warning capability, regular air force and navy
  • An efficient reserve mobilization and transportation system


Move to Counter-Attack

  • Multi-arm coordination
  • Transferring the battle to enemy's territory quickly
  • Quick attainment of war objectives