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Routledge Handbook on Israeli Security

Edited by: Stuart A. Cohen , Aharon Klieman

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138217300
eBook ISBN: 9781315165196
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The Routledge Handbook on Israeli Security provides an authoritative survey of both the historical roots of Israel?s national security concerns and their principal contemporary expressions. Following an introduction setting out its central themes, the Handbook comprises 27 independent chapters, all written by experts in their fields, several of whom possess first-hand diplomatic and/or military experience at senior levels. An especially noteworthy feature of this volume is the space allotted to analyses of the impact of security challenges not just on Israel?s diplomatic and military postures (nuclear as well as conventional) but also on its cultural life and societal behavior.

Specifically, it aims to fulfill three principal needs.

  • The first is to illustrate the dynamic nature of Israel's security concerns and the ways in which they have evolved in response to changes in the country's diplomatic and geo-strategic environment, changes that have been further fueled by technological, economic and demographic transformations;
  • Second, the book aims to examine how the evolving character of Israel's security challenges has generated multiple ? and sometimes conflicting ? interpretations of the very concept of "security", resulting in a series of dialogues both within Israeli society and between Israelis and their friends and allies abroad;
  • Finally, it also discusses how areas of private and public life elsewhere considered inherently "civilian" and unrelated to security, such as artistic and cultural institutions, nevertheless do mirror the broader legal, economic and cultural consequences of this Israeli preoccupation with national security.

This comprehensive and up-to-date collection of studies provides an authoritative and interdisciplinary guide to both the dynamism of Israel?s security dilemmas and to their multiple impacts on Israeli society. In addition to its insights and appeal for all people and countries forced to address the security issue in today?s world, this Handbook is a valuable resource for upper-level undergraduates and researchers with an interest in the Middle East and Israeli politics, international relations and security studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Free or fearful? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Israel’s post-1948 security experience Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The evolution and development of the IDF Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Neither Sparta nor Athens Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Security issues as mirrored in the digital social media Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Settlements and security Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Keeping faith Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Israeli Arab perspectives on security Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Supreme Court as a forum for national security discourse Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Security narratives in Israeli literature Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Security narratives in Israeli dramatic arts Download PDF
Chapter  12:  National security decision-making Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The dynamics of civil–military relations and the complexity of Israel’s security policies Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The diplomatic path to security Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Negotiating Israeli security Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The US–Israel security relationship Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Israel’s evolving relationship with American Jewry Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Israel’s security model Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Security, technology and cyber warfare Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Towards a Middle East regional security regime? Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Israel’s expanding strategic horizons Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Weapon of last resort? Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Building resilience Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The civilian home front Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Women and the Israeli military culture Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The economics of prioritizing security Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Jewish, democratic and resilient? Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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