Israel's Materialist Militarism

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-30
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Israel's Materialist Militarism explains the fluctuations in Israel's military policies during the 1990s-2000s from the Oslo Accords to the al-Aqsa Intifada and the Second Lebanon War. A conceptual framework is offered that relies on materialist militarism, the relations of exchange between the state and social groups, by which the groups exchange their military sacrifice for social rewards, that in turn nutures militarism. The dynamic balancing of the sacrifice/reward equation explains the dynamics of war versus de-escalation.

Author Biography

Yagil Levy is external associate professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Theoretical Introduction-The Essence and Dynamics of Materialist Militarismp. 1
The Republican Equation and Its Violationp. 29
The Continuation of Oslo by the Al-Aqsa Intifadap. 77
The War of the Peripheriesp. 117
From "People's Army" to "Market Army"p. 147
The "Embedded Military" and the Implementation of the Disengagement Planp. 181
The Second Lebanon War: The "Gap of Legitimacies" Syndromep. 213
Conclusions: Why Materialist Militarism Mattersp. 247
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 279
About the Authorp. 285
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