Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy

Zeev Maoz


Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy

Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy

  • Title: Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel's Security and Foreign Policy
  • Author: Zeev Maoz
  • ISBN: 9780472115402
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover



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 rDefending 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.


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This magisterial account of Israel's security strategy should be required reading for all who are interested in Israeli Studies, Middle East politics, or the dynamics of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Maoz paints a detailed and well-substantiated portrait of an Israeli security élite that seems incapable of thinking more than two steps ahead. What appears to the anti-Israel camp as mendacity, and to the pro-Israel camp as justified defense is exposed as the tragic bumbling of a state that seems inc [...]


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