The study of civil-military relations in Israel: A new perspective

Oren Barak*, Gabriel Sheffer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Because of its theoretical and practical significance and implications, in recent decades civil-military relations in Israel have been the focus of extended debates among analysts from different academic disciplines.1 That more than a half-century after its establishment, Israel lacks clearly defined and internationally recognized borders; that it is still engaged in an unending conflict with its neighbors; that many of its citizens continue to believe that it is facing existential threats; and that its security sector2 and especially the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) play a major role in almost all spheres-all these have made this topic perennially relevant and debatable. In fact, various writers imply clear causal links between some or all of these factors.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMilitarism and Israeli Society
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780253354419
StatePublished - 2010


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