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Rabin and Israel's National Security

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For more than forty years Yitzhak Rabin played a critical role in shaping Israeli national security policy and military doctrine. He began as a soldier in the Palmach, the elite underground unit of the Jewish community in Palestine, served in the 1948 War of Independence, and ultimately became chief of staff of the Israel Defense Force (IDF), defense minister in several governments, ambassador to the United States, and, twice, prime minister. As chief of staff, Rabin led the IDF to its triumph in the 1967 Six Day...

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Overview

For more than forty years Yitzhak Rabin played a critical role in shaping Israeli national security policy and military doctrine. He began as a soldier in the Palmach, the elite underground unit of the Jewish community in Palestine, served in the 1948 War of Independence, and ultimately became chief of staff of the Israel Defense Force (IDF), defense minister in several governments, ambassador to the United States, and, twice, prime minister. As chief of staff, Rabin led the IDF to its triumph in the 1967 Six Day War. He was assassinated in 1995 as prime minister as he left a peace rally.

Drawing on unpublished materials and interviews with important sources, including Rabin himself, Efraim Inbar's work offers a systematic study of Rabin's strategic thinking and his policies. Topics include the evolution of Rabin's thinking, his contributions to IDF military buildup, his stress on Israel's relationship to the United States, his attitudes toward the use of force, and his approach to Israel's nuclear status in the Middle East. Inbar's conclusion evaluates Rabin's contribution to Israel's national security and assesses Rabin's personal transition from warrior to peace maker. Because of Rabin's crucial role in Israel's defense establishment at important junctures in its history, this book provides an important view into the security challenges Israel has faced and how the country has responded over four decades.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

International Journal of Middle East Studies - Daniel Lieberfeld

A sober book that respects its subject while avoiding hagiography and polemic.

Perspectives on Political Science - Rolin Mainuddin

Succeeds in capturing the complexity and evolution of Rabin's strategic thinking... An insightful work.

Jerusalem Post

Inbar has succeeded not only in documenting Rabin's views, but also Israel's security policy.

International Journal of Middle East Studies
A sober book that respects its subject while avoiding hagiography and polemic.

— Daniel Lieberfeld

Perspectives on Political Science
Succeeds in capturing the complexity and evolution of Rabin's strategic thinking... An insightful work.

— Rolin Mainuddin

Booknews
Drawing on interviews with Rabin and others, Inbar (political studies, Bar-Ilan U.), who heads the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, assesses Prime Minister's Rabin's strategic thinking until his assassination in 1995 in the context of Israeli defense and foreign policy. Appends a Rabin post-Gulf War address (1991) and 1994 policy statement to the Knesset. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801862175
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Efraim Inbar is an associate professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University and director of its Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. He is the author of War and Peace in Israeli Politics: Labor Party Positions on National Security and Outcast States in the World Community.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Approach to International Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict 7
Ch. 2 The American Orientation in Israel's Foreign Policy 34
Ch. 3 Building a Conventional Military Force 58
Ch. 4 The Use of Military Force 84
Ch. 5 Weapons of Mass Destruction 114
Ch. 6 Rabin of the 1990s: The Changing Strategic Assessment 133
Conclusion 167
App. A After the Gulf War: Israeli Defense and Its Security Policy (Address by Yitzhak Rabin at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University, 10 June 1991) 172
App. B Policy Statement by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to the Knesset, 3 October 1994 179
Notes 191
Bibliography 247
Index 267
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