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Challenging the established view that the civilian sector in Israel has been predominant over its security sector since the state's independence in 1948, this volume critically and systematically reexamines the relationship between these sectors and provides a deeper, more nuanced view of their interactions. Individual chapters cast light on the formal and informal arrangements, connections, and dynamic relations that closely tie Israel's security sector to the country's culture, civil society, political system, economy, educational system, gender relations, and the media. Among the issues and events discussed are Israel's separation barrier, the impact of Israel's military confrontations with the Palestinians and other Middle Eastern states-especially Lebanon-and the impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Israeli case offers insights about the role of the military and security in democratic nations in contemporary times.show more

Product details

  • Book | 396 pages
  • 147.32 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 7 b&w illus.
  • 0253221749
  • 9780253221742

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"An excellent compendium of the best authors writing on the military, as well as a broad range of civil-military issues... A useful and timely book, especially for specialists on military issues." -Joel Migdal, University of Washington "Militarism and Israeli Society makes a convincing case about the security network and the power it exercises in and on Israeli society." -Journal of Palestine Studies "On the whole, this book provides a comprehensive and fresh assessment of critical perspectives of the militaristic culture present in Israel that is appropriate for the student and informed scholar alike." -British Journal of Middle Eastern Studiesshow more

About Professor Political Science Department Gabriel Sheffer

Gabriel Sheffer is a professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University. He is author of Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate and Diaspora Politics: At Home Abroad.Oren Barak is a senior lecturer in political science and international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is author of The Lebanese Army: A National Institution in a Divided Society.show more

Table of contents

Introduction / Oren Barak and Gabriel Sheffer1. The Study of CivilMilitary Relations in Israel: A New Perspective / Oren Barak and Gabriel Sheffer2. Military Knowledge and Weak Civilian Control in the Reality of Low Intensity Conflict--The Israeli Case / Kobi Michael3. Civil Society, the Military, and National Security: The Case of Israel's Security Zone in South Lebanon / Avraham Sela4. Intractable Conflict and the Media / Yoram Peri5. Tensions between Military Service and Jewish Orthodoxy in Israel: Implications Imagined and Real / Stuart A. Cohen6. From "Obligatory Militarism" to "Contractual Militarism"--Competing Models of Citizenship / Yagil Levy, Edna Lomsky-Feder, and Noa Harel7. Shadow Lands: The Use of Land Resources for Security Needs in Israel / Amiram Oren8. "The Battle over Our Homes": Reconstructing/Deconstructing Sovereign Practices around Israel's Separation Barrier on the West Bank / Yuval Feinstein and Uri Ben-Eliezer9. The Debate over the Defense Budget in Israel / Zalman F. Shiffer10. Civilian Control over the Army in Israel and France / Samy Cohen11. The Making of Israel's PoliticalSecurity Culture / Amir Bar-Or12. The Discourses of "Psychology" and the "Normalization" of War in Contemporary Israel / Edna Lomsky-Feder and Eyal Ben-Ari13. Visual Representations of IDF Women Soldiers and "Civil-Militarism" in Israel / Chava Brownfield-Stein14. Contradictory Representation of the IDF in Cultural Texts of the 1980s / Yuval Benziman15. Military and Society since 9/11: Retrospect and Prospect / Christopher DandekerAppendix A. Israeli Ministers of Defense since 1948Appendix B. Chiefs of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces since 1948Appendix C. Important DatesContributorsIndexshow more