Israel and its Army: From Cohesion to Confusion

BESA Studies in International Security

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 ‘people’s 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 Israel’s external strategic landscape and in the country’s domestic and cultural environments, which have compelled the IDF to undertake major programs of structural reform, technological adaptation and doctrinal revision.

208 pages, 2008

Hardback ISBN: 978-0-415-40049-7, Price: £70.00 / $125.00

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Prof. Stuart A. Cohen

Prof. Stuart A. Cohen is a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and a former senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.