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Israel and Its Army Stuart A. Cohen

Israel and Its Army

Stuart A. Cohen

Published January 1st 2008
ISBN : 9781281837370
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 About the Book 

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) plays a key role in Israeli society, and has traditionally been perceived not only as the guardian of national survival, but also as a peoples army responsible for the custody of national values. This volume analysesMoreThe Israel Defense Force (IDF) plays a key role in Israeli society, and has traditionally been perceived not only as the guardian of national survival, but also as a peoples army responsible for the custody of national values. This volume analyses the circumstances currently undermining these perceptions, and explores both the changes occurring in Israel s military framework, and their potential implications.The book highlights the influence exerted by massive shifts in both Israels external strategic landscape and in the countrys domestic and cultural environments, which have compelled the IDF to undertake major programmes of structural reform, technological adaptation and doctrinal revision. This book argues that these changes have lead the public to subject the armed forces and their conduct to unprecedented critical scrutiny. The way in which Israelis and their army resolve these tensions is of crucial importance not only for Israel, but for the Middle East as a whole.