Navigating Perilous Waters
An Israeli Strategy for Peace and Security
By Ephraim Sneh
Translated by Haim Watzman
Routledge – 2004 – 136 pages
Israel is a Jewish state in a Muslim Middle East. How can it survive in that region? This book answers this question by analyzing the dangers and threats that Israel faces today. The book also highlights an important component of Israel's strength: the endurance and the cohesion of its social fabric, which the author sees as the key to his country's survival in the Middle East. Written by Israel's former deputy minister of defence, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the contemporary politics of the Middle East.
Introduction 1. Perilous Waters 2. Between the Jordan and the Sea 3. Egypt - Threat, Danger, or Ally? 4. Jordan - The Indispensable Partner 5. Syria - A Tough Neighbour 6. Iraq's Vague Future 7. Iran - The Main Threat 8. Will the World Change 9. A Warning Note 10. Two Essential Conditions 11. The New Deterrence 12. The United States - A Slightly Different Alliance 13. Regional Alliances 14. National Resolve
Ephraim Sneh is one of the Israeli Labor Party leaders. He is a retired General of the Israel Defence Forces, where he commanded the IAF combat rescue unit, the security zone in south Lebanon and the administration of the West Bank. He served four times in Israel's cabinet as minister of health, transport, and deputy minister of defense. In the Parliament he chairs the sub-committee on defense planning and Policy. His articles have appeared in Haaretz Magazine and he is co-author of several Israeli-Palestinian plans for peace and economic cooperation, and author of Responsibility - Israel after 2000 (1996)