Swords of Iron

The War in Gaza May End Soon, but Not the Fighting

The war, forced on Israel by the brutal Hamas massacre of more than 1,200 people, changes the way that the Jewish state will conduct security going forward.

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Do we deserve our IDF soldiers?

Before we call them up for further combat service, we must act to restore Israelis’ trust in the state’s leadership.
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When the war in Gaza stops, the political war in Israel will begin

Israel is heading into a complicated period that will test this country in new ways. A ceasefire might end the high-intensity offensive in Gaza, but for some, the real battle is just beginning.
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Opinion: Netanyahu is not Sinwar but must go home

If Netanyahu announces a retirement date shortly, his words and military decisions will no longer be perceived as so political.
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Israel cannot afford to stop the war in Gaza

Israel’s national security is based on deterrence, advance warning, and decisive victory. On October 7, the warning system failed. If we stop the war now, it would mean giving up on decisive victory.
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Containing Hamas is a bad but legitimate strategy

The commission of inquiry will stay away from dealing with the politically disputed issue even though it is critical to understanding the default.
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The dangerous fantasy of independence from the US

Frustrating as it may be, Israel’s defense sector can’t fill in the supply gaps opened by months of high-intensity warfare
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Opinion: Don’t promise victory when there are hostages in Gaza

The cabinet ministers, and the prime minister himself, should understand that messaging victory when the hostages are still not home is not likely to convince us.
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October 7 was a feature, not a bug

The failures of that day were not the result of individual mistakes but of an entire strategic paradigm.
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Has Israel already lost the war with Hezbollah?

Depth, speed, and decisiveness. When it comes to Lebanon, Israel no longer seems to have any of that.
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