CHINA/USA/ISRAEL – “China is National Security Threat No. 1″ to the United States – and to Israel? (Assaf Orion, INSS)

The United States Director of National Intelligence recently cast China as the number one threat to the US, described Beijing’s modus operandi, and called on Washington’s allies to wake up to the challenge and respond appropriately. For its part, Israel should enhance its intelligence resources dedicated to China and develop an independent and well-founded estimate of the challenges it presents to Israel, drawing on lessons learned around the world; identify gaps in Israel’s current response; strengthen the risk management elements in Israel’s opportunity-biased policy; and lend high sensitivity to voices coming out of Washington and to the mood there on this issue. At the end of the day, China is not the number one threat to Israel, but a unique challenge to its national security wrapped in an important economic opportunity.