Weekly Commentary: Would Enemy "Target Banks" Include Chinese Owned Israeli
Dr. Aaron Lerner 28 November 2019
The ongoing debate over the ramifications of Chinese investment in Israeli
infrastructure typically focuses on how it might be exploited in ways that
serve to compromise Israel's security or have a negative impact on relations
between the Jewish State and the United States.
There is though another factor which deserves serious consideration: the
extent to which our enemies might seek to avoid damaging Chinese owned
There is no doubt that Israeli infrastructure takes a prominent place in the
"target banks" Hizbullah and Iran have prepared for the day that they
unleash their guided missiles against Israel.
The question is if Chinese ownership would cause a target to be removed from
the list. Would Hizbullah or Iran intentionally strike a Chinese owned (or
for that matter operated) Israeli port? How about a Chinese owned rail
line? desalination plant? you-name-it?
If the answer is in the affirmative this consideration could very well
trounce all others for much of Israel's infrastructure.
One would hope and expect that the leading Israeli national policy think
tanks address this matter.
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