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

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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: 5/12/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 728
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

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
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