May 30, 2018
The Only Way to Deter the Regional Bully – Prof. Eyal Zisser (Israel Hayom)
A day does not pass without someone trying to frighten the Israel public with doomsday prophecies of impending war with Iran.
The warnings are rooted in a naive assumption that the regional bully can do anything he wants, and that imposing boundaries on him is a mistake because it will only make him angry and cause him to respond violently.
However, experience teaches us that setting red lines and backing them up is the only way to deter bullies and cause them to change their behavior.
The writer, vice rector at Tel Aviv University, is former director of its Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.