Defending the Holy Land by Zeev Maoz

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Defending the Holy Land is the main accomplished research so far of Israel's nationwide protection and overseas coverage, from the inception of the kingdom of Israel to the current. writer Zeev Maoz's designated double viewpoint, as either knowledgeable at the Israeli defense institution and esteemed pupil of Mideast politics, allows him to explain in harrowing element the tragic recklessness and self-made traps that pervade the historical past of Israeli safeguard operations and international coverage.

Most of the wars during which Israel used to be concerned, Maoz exhibits, have been fullyyt avoidable, the results of planned Israeli aggression, wrong decision-making, and erroneous clash administration suggestions. None, with the potential exception of the 1948 struggle 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 safety 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 safety institution over its international coverage equipment resulted in pointless wars and neglected opportunites for peace.

A scathing and great revisionist historical past, Defending the Holy Land demands sweeping reform of Israel's overseas coverage and nationwide defense institutions. This booklet will essentially remodel the way in which readers take into consideration Israel's bothered background.

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 reports at Tel AvivUniversity, in addition to the previous educational director of the M.A. software on the Israeli safety Forces' nationwide security collage. disguise picture: Israel, Jerusalem, Western Wall and The Dome of The Rock. Courtesy of Corbis.

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4. Part V: Causes and Implications of the Mismanagement of National Security and Foreign Policy Chapter 11 analyzes the structural aspects of foreign and security policymaking in Israel as one of the central explanations of the patterns of Israeli policy-making in national security and foreign affairs. I focus on the effect of formal and informal structural factors on the making of Israel’s policy. Security policy has consistently dominated foreign policy. In virtually every major decision process, security considerations superseded diplomatic considerations.

I also apply policy evaluation criteria to examine these policies, as well as their side effects. 2. The book’s approach is critical. It challenges the fundamental assumptions that have guided the founding fathers of Israel’s national security and foreign policy and their successors. It suggests that these assumptions were not matched with the empirical realities in the region. In many cases, gloomy assumptions about Israel’s strategic environments, held by Israeli decision makers, had self-ful‹lling properties.

Most of them have never been fully evaluated; and many of them have not been evaluated at all. What we can do is engage in second-best evaluation strategies, those that are done in retrospect. In this section I discuss how I intend to apply retrospective evaluation to Israeli national security and foreign policy. Policies are designed to solve problems. Thus, evaluating a public policy must be based ‹rst on inspecting the problem that it is intended to solve. Once we understand the nature of the problem, it is possible to specify the goals that the policy is designed to accomplish.

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