Militarism and Israeli Society

Militarism and Israeli Society

Edited by Gabriel Sheffer and Oren Barak
Distribution: World
Publication date: 2/22/2010
Format: paper 396 pages, 7 b&w illus.
6 x 9 x 1.125
ISBN: 978-0-253-22174-2
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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.

Author Bio

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.

Reviews

"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

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Oren Barak and Gabriel Sheffer

1. The Study of Civil—Military Relations in Israel: A New Perspective / Oren Barak and Gabriel Sheffer
2. Military Knowledge and Weak Civilian Control in the Reality of Low Intensity Conflict—The Israeli Case / Kobi Michael
3. Civil Society, the Military, and National Security: The Case of Israel's Security Zone in South Lebanon / Avraham Sela
4. Intractable Conflict and the Media / Yoram Peri
5. Tensions between Military Service and Jewish Orthodoxy in Israel: Implications Imagined and Real / Stuart A. Cohen
6. From "Obligatory Militarism" to "Contractual Militarism"—Competing Models of Citizenship / Yagil Levy, Edna Lomsky-Feder, and Noa Harel
7. Shadow Lands: The Use of Land Resources for Security Needs in Israel / Amiram Oren
8. "The Battle over Our Homes": Reconstructing/Deconstructing Sovereign Practices around Israel's Separation Barrier on the West Bank / Yuval Feinstein and Uri Ben-Eliezer
9. The Debate over the Defense Budget in Israel / Zalman F. Shiffer
10. Civilian Control over the Army in Israel and France / Samy Cohen
11. The Making of Israel's Political—Security Culture / Amir Bar-Or
12. The Discourses of "Psychology" and the "Normalization" of War in Contemporary Israel / Edna Lomsky-Feder and Eyal Ben-Ari
13. Visual Representations of IDF Women Soldiers and "Civil-Militarism" in Israel / Chava Brownfield-Stein
14. Contradictory Representation of the IDF in Cultural Texts of the 1980s / Yuval Benziman
15. Military and Society since 9/11: Retrospect and Prospect / Christopher Dandeker

Appendix A. Israeli Ministers of Defense since 1948
Appendix B. Chiefs of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces since 1948
Appendix C. Important Dates
Contributors
Index
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