The Israeli Military and the Origins of the 1967 War: Government, Armed Forces and Defence Policy 1963–67

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Routledge, Feb 12, 2007 - History - 352 pages
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This new book looks at the relationship between the Israeli armed forces, the government, and the origins of the 1967 War.

Ami Gluska discusses the effect of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Israel’s defense policy between 1963-1967 against the backdrop of the developments in the Middle East. In addition, he describes in detail the decision-making process leading to the Arab-Israeli Six Day War in June 1967 through the prism of the relations between the military and political echelons. He shows how the Six Day War was a watershed event in the Middle-Eastern conflict and had a profound effect on the development of the Palestinian problem and the character of the State of Israel over the past four decades.

This book will be of great interest to students of Middle Eastern politics, strategic studies, Israeli politics and military history in general.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Personnel changes in the defence establishment
14
Chapter 2 Basic security issues
22
From skirmishes in the demilitarized zones to aerial sorties
40
Diversion
48
Chapter 5 The dispute with Syria worsens
59
Harassment
66
Chapter 7 The General Staff wants a frontal clash
74
Chapter 16 The army pressures the government
160
Chapter 17 The politicians quandary
173
Chapter 18 The height of the diplomatic campaign and the outcome
180
Chapter 19 Waiting
194
The military aspect
204
The EgyptJordan defence pact
216
The Ministerial Committee versus the General Staff
223
Chapter 23 The decisive stage War
238

The Israeli dilemma the Jordanian dilemma
84
Chapter 9 The clash with Syria approaches
92
Chapter 10 Conflagration
98
Chapter 11 The trigger
108
Chapter 12 The start of the crisis
121
Chapter 13 The era of diplomacy
131
Chapter 14 The revision of Intelligence evaluations and the shift to offensive planning
142
Chapter 15 Casus belli
152
Afterword
257
What happened to Yitzhak Rabin?
262
Biographical notes
269
Notes
272
Select English bibliography
313
Index
317
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