Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy / Edition 1

Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy / Edition 1

by Zeev Maoz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472115405

ISBN-13: 9780472115402

Pub. Date: 05/12/2006

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Defending the Holy Land is the most comprehensive analysis to date of Israel's national security and foreign policy, from the inception of the State of Israel to the present. Author Zeev Maoz's unique double perspective, as both an expert on the Israeli security establishment and esteemed scholar of Mideast politics, enables him to describe in harrowing…  See more details below

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Defending the Holy Land is the most comprehensive analysis to date of Israel's national security and foreign policy, from the inception of the State of Israel to the present. Author Zeev Maoz's unique double perspective, as both an expert on the Israeli security establishment and esteemed scholar of Mideast politics, enables him to describe in harrowing detail the tragic recklessness and self-made traps that pervade the history of Israeli security operations and foreign policy.

Most of the wars in which Israel was involved, Maoz shows, were entirely avoidable, the result of deliberate Israeli aggression, flawed decision-making, and misguided conflict management strategies. None, with the possible exception of the 1948 War of Independence, were what Israelis call "wars of necessity." They were all wars of choice-or, worse, folly.

Demonstrating that Israel's national security policy rested on the shaky pairing of a trigger-happy approach to the use of force with a hesitant and reactive peace diplomacy, Defending the Holy Land recounts in minute-by-minute detail how the ascendancy of Israel's security establishment over its foreign policy apparatus led to unnecessary wars and missed opportunites for peace.

A scathing and brilliant revisionist history, Defending the Holy Land calls for sweeping reform of Israel's foreign policy and national security establishments. This book will fundamentally transform the way readers think about Israel's troubled history.
 
Zeev Maoz is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. He is the former head of the Graduate School of Government and Policy and of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, as well as the former academic director of the M.A. Program at the Israeli Defense Forces' National Defense College.
 
Cover photograph: Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall and The Dome of The Rock. Courtesy of Corbis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472115402
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
05/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
728
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

1The Israeli security puzzle : conceptions, approaches, paradoxes3
2The Sinai war : the making of the second round47
3The six day war : playing with fire80
4The war of attrition : the first payment for arrogance113
5The Yom Kuppur war : the war that shouldn't have been140
6The Lebanese swamp, 1981-2000171
7The unlimited use of the limited use of force : Israel and low-intensity warfare231
8The mixed blessing of Israel's nuclear policy301
9Israeli intervention in intra-Arab affairs361
10Never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity : the Israeli nonpolicy of peace in the Middle East386
11The structure and process of national security and foreign policy in Israel499
12Principal findings and lessons544
13If so bad, why so good? : explaining the paradox of the Israeli success story564
14Paths to the future : scenarios and prescriptions597

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