By Zeev Maoz
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Defending the Holy Land is the main finished research so far of Israel's nationwide protection and overseas coverage, from the inception of the nation of Israel to the current. writer Zeev Maoz's certain double viewpoint, as either a professional at the Israeli defense institution and esteemed pupil of Mideast politics, permits him to explain in harrowing aspect the tragic recklessness and self-made traps that pervade the background of Israeli protection operations and overseas coverage.
Most of the wars within which Israel was once concerned, Maoz exhibits, have been completely avoidable, the results of planned Israeli aggression, improper decision-making, and inaccurate clash administration recommendations. None, with the potential exception of the 1948 warfare of Independence, have been what Israelis name "wars of necessity." They have been all wars of choice-or, worse, folly.
Demonstrating that Israel's nationwide safeguard coverage rested at the shaky pairing of a trigger-happy method of using strength with a hesitant and reactive peace international relations,
Defending the Holy Land recounts in minute-by-minute aspect how the ascendancy of Israel's defense institution over its international coverage gear resulted in pointless wars and neglected opportunites for peace.
A scathing and extraordinary revisionist historical past, Defending the Holy Land demands sweeping reform of Israel's international coverage and nationwide safeguard institutions. This ebook will essentially remodel the way in which readers take into consideration Israel's bothered historical past.
Zeev Maoz is Professor of Political technology on the college of California, Davis. he's the previous head of the Graduate university of presidency and coverage and of the Jaffee middle for Strategic experiences at Tel AvivUniversity, in addition to the previous educational director of the M.A. application on the Israeli safeguard Forces' nationwide safeguard university. disguise photo: Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall and The Dome of The Rock. Courtesy of Corbis.
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However, they are neither valid as a description of objective reality nor accurate characterizations of Israel’s actual behavior. In fact, I will show throughout this book that many of the foundational assumptions of these conceptions have been fairly removed from reality. I will also show that in many cases Israel violated its own doctrinal principles. In other cases, the rigidity of these doctrinal canons has been detrimental to Israel’s security and welfare; some of these principles may well have undermined Israel’s ability to make peace with its neighbors.
Are the key patterns of the Israeli use of force and their underlying reasons similar to those that characterize Israel’s overt and covert diplomacy? Are there structural factors that explain similar patterns of behavior in different areas of policy? If so, what are these factors? If signi‹cant problems are identi‹ed in Israel’s national security and foreign policy, how can we account for Israel’s successful performance in military, economic, and social affairs despite enormous security challenges?
First, we know that there is something problematic about the policy if it did not accomplish its objectives. If the magnitude, severity, frequency, or costs of the problem after the implementation of the policy are similar to or 26 DEFENDING THE HOLY LAND higher than the same features of the problem before the policy was implemented, then we can reasonably argue that the policy was problematic. Finally, even if the policy remedied some aspects of the original problem but—at the same time—generated adverse side effects, then the policy is problematic.