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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.
|1||The Israeli security puzzle : conceptions, approaches, paradoxes||3|
|2||The Sinai war : the making of the second round||47|
|3||The six day war : playing with fire||80|
|4||The war of attrition : the first payment for arrogance||113|
|5||The Yom Kuppur war : the war that shouldn't have been||140|
|6||The Lebanese swamp, 1981-2000||171|
|7||The unlimited use of the limited use of force : Israel and low-intensity warfare||231|
|8||The mixed blessing of Israel's nuclear policy||301|
|9||Israeli intervention in intra-Arab affairs||361|
|10||Never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity : the Israeli nonpolicy of peace in the Middle East||386|
|11||The structure and process of national security and foreign policy in Israel||499|
|12||Principal findings and lessons||544|
|13||If so bad, why so good? : explaining the paradox of the Israeli success story||564|
|14||Paths to the future : scenarios and prescriptions||597|