Israeli National Security Policy: Political Actors and Perspectives

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Bernard Reich, Gershon R. Kieval
Greenwood Press, 1988 - Social Science - 240 pages
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What sets this book apart is its focus not simply upon the twin strategic imperatives underlying Israeli security policy but also its attention to the interplay amongst the key domestic actors involved in formulating Israeli attitudes concerning national security. . . . It provides the reader with enhanced understanding of the actors involved in the decisional process without losing sight of the ever-present security imperative. . . It] is must reading for any student of Israel and the Middle East.

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As Israel continues to struggle for survival in the hostile political environment of the Middle East, it is increasingly threatened from within by deep divisions on key foreign policy issues, particularly relations with the Arab world and the crisis in Lebanon. This book focuses on Israel's foreign policy conflicts and examines the perspectives of the competing factions, parties, and alignments that are in conflict over these vital issues. Written by a group of specialists with in-depth knowledge of Israeli government and political life, it provides a clear analysis and composite picture of the forces and actors that have shaped Israel's national security policy in recent decades.

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Contents

The Foreign Policy of the Labor Party
19
The Foreign Policy of Herut and the Likud
55
The Ethnic Factor in Israels Foreign Policy
79
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About the author (1988)

Bernard Reich is professor of political sci-ence and international affairs and chair-man of the Department of Political Science at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where he specializes in the politics of the Middle East. He holds a B.A. degree--cum laude, with special honors in government--from the City Col-lege of New York, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Vir-ginia. Dr. Reich received a Fulbright Re-search Scholar Grant for study in Egypt in 1965 and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for study in Israel in 1971-72, during which time he was ap-pointed as Visiting Research Associate at Tel Aviv University's Shiloah Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. He is a consultant to the Department of State on Middle Eastern and African Studies. He is a consultant to the Department of State on Middle Eastern affairs and lectures regu-larly for various U.S. agencies, including the Foreign Service Institute and the De-fense Intelligence School. He has also tes-tified before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs concerning the Arab-Israeli situation after the October War. Dr. Reich has contributed many works to political science literature on Is-raeli politics and foreign policy and United States Middle East policy.

GERSHON R. KIEVAL is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at Geroge Washington University.

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