Defending the Holy Land

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University of Michigan Press, 12‏/05‏/2006 - 714 من الصفحات
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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A critical viewing of Israel's relations with its neighbors from an israeli's point of view. Mr. Maoz makes a very cogent arguement that many of the past Arab/Israeli wars could have been avoided and ... قراءة التقييم بأكمله

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The Israeli Security Puzzle
3
THE USE OF FORCE
35
The Sinai
47
The Six Day
80
The War of Attrition
113
The Yom Kippur
140
The Lebanese Swamp 19812000
171
The Unlimited Use of the Limited Use of Force
231
Never Missing an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity
386
CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS
497
Principal Findings and Lessons
544
If So Bad Why So Good?
564
Paths to the Future
597
Notes
621
Glossary
653
Author Index
681

The Mixed Blessing of Israels Nuclear Policy
301
Israeli Intervention in IntraArab Affairs
361

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