Mark Hardie
Founder, Chairman, CEO of "The Taylor Swift Party" | Attorney | Army Veteran

State of Security: Defense Options for Israel

United States-made Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Israel’s New Potential Intelligence Alliance

In the world of intelligence, the “Five Eyes” is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. All of these countries are parties to the UKUSA Agreement. The Five Eyes alliance was created after World War II when the Allies sought to shape the post-war world balance of power.

It would be in Israel’s best interest to become a signatory to the Five Eyes alliance. Membership in this alliance would strengthen Israel’s security by aligning Israel with the five leading English-speaking Western nations.

New Intermediate-Range Missile

In August, the United States withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which had prohibited the United States and Russia from deploying land-based nuclear or conventional missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. The United States withdrew from the treaty after accusing Russia of cheating.

Recently, the United States Department of Defense announced that it had conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island in California; according to National Defense magazine.

According to the Pentagon, “The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight.” Moreover, “Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of further intermediate-range capabilities.”

Since the US is no longer party to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the State of Israel should partner with the Pentagon to jointly develop intermediate-range missiles.

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd can work with American defense contractors to develop the new missiles. This will strengthen both the security of the United States and Israel.

United States, Russian Federation, and Israel

Israel’s global security is sensitive and unique because Israel is an ally of the United States and the Russian Federation. Moreover, nearly twenty percent of Israel’s population is Russian speaking.

Jerusalem may be able to “strategically leverage” its relationships with both Washington and Moscow. Israel may serve as a “bridge of cooperation” between the US and Russia. It would be wise for Israel to develop weapons systems with both countries.

In conclusion, it is proposed that Israel join the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance; that Israel work with the United States to develop missiles in the Post-INF world; that Israel leverage its relationships with Russia an and the United States. This will allow Israel to remain a regional superpower.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California Law San Francisco (Hastings) . I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside. I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, and Bar Ilan University. I am a military veteran of the United States Army. I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon. I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer. I was public affair assistant for Mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a former member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. I am a member of the American Legion and Jewish War Veterans.
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