The Palestinian Military: Between Militias and Armies

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 13, 2008 - Political Science - 232 pages
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This book analyzes Palestinian attempts to create an organized military force from the period of the Mandate up to the present day.

Beginning with a comparative overview of the relationship between insurgent movements and the quest to build up a standard military, the book looks, first, at how the 1936 revolt galvanized the Palestinian leadership to attempt to create a military. It then goes on to examines other major topics such as: the 1948 failure to create an organized armed force; Palestinian participation in other Arab armed forces; the creation of the PLA; attempts to develop a security apparatus after Oslo; and, finally, the question of security reform and peace-making. The book concludes by identifying the lessons from the Palestinian experience that can be applied in promoting healthy civil-military relations within political entities located in major conflict zones.

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Hillel Frisch is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Political Studies and Middle Eastern History in Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

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