Defending the Holy Land

Defending the Holy Land

by Zeev Maoz

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472021734
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 04/15/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 744
File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Contents PART I. FOUNDATIONS 1 The Israeli Security Puzzle: Conceptions, Approaches, Paradoxes PART II. THE USE OF FORCE 2 The Sinai War: The Making of the Second Round 3 The Six Day War: Playing with Fire 4 The War of Attrition: The First Payment for Arrogance 5 The Yom Kippur War: The War That Shouldn’t Have Been 6 The Lebanese Swamp, 1981–2000 7 The Unlimited Use of the Limited Use of Force: Israel and Low-Intensity Warfare PART III. ISRAEL’S NUCLEAR POLICY 8 The Mixed Blessing of Israel’s Nuclear Policy PART IV. FOREIGN POLICY: SHADOW AND OPEN DIPLOMACY 9 Israeli Intervention in Intra-Arab Affairs 10 Never Missing an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity: The Israeli Nonpolicy of Peace in the Middle East PART V. CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE MISMANAGEMENT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY 11 The Structure and Process of National Security and Foreign Policy in Israel 12 Principal Findings and Lessons 13 If So Bad, Why So Good?: Explaining the Paradox of the Israeli Success Story 14 Paths to the Future: Scenarios and Prescriptions Afterword: The Second Lebanon Fiasco and the Never-Ending Intifada Notes Glossary References Author Index Subject Index

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Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hhornblower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 that Israel shares a lot of the blame for the current regional troubles. While the Israeli government, past and present, are not entirely responsible, at the same time they are not blameless. I would highly recommend this book to anybody with an interest in the region.