This book analyzes the changes and tendencies expressed in the relation between army and society in Israel.
Since its inception, Israel has been defined as a nation in arms, a public space in which the security needs became central and, to a great extent, dictated the agenda and functioning of all the public arenas operating in it. The theoretical investigation is accompanied by case study illustrations of special instances related to the nexus between:
- security and society
- security and politics
- the army and the media
- the army and public relations
- security and culture
- bereavement and commemoration
- social motivation to serve in the army
- the army and foreign policy.
Lebel explores the connection between the military and culture in Israel against the backdrop of globalization, individualism, liberalism, and social burn-out in the face of survival and change.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. ‘Communicating Security’: Civil-Military Relations in Israel Udi Lebel Security and Politics 2. Political-Military Relations in Israel, 1996-2003 Amir Bar-Or 3. The Growing Militarisation of the Israeli Political System Giora Goldberg 4. Civil-Military Relations and Strategic Goal Setting in the Six Day War Arye Naor Security and Social Strength 5. Society Strength as a Base for Military Power: The State of Israel during the Early 1950s Ze’ev Drory 6. Under the Threat of Terrorism: A Reassessment of the Factors Influencing the motivation to Serve in the Israeli Reserves Gabriel Ben-Dor and Ami Pedahzur Security and the Shaping of Culture Memory, Loss and Bereavement 7. The Creation of Israeli "Political Bereavement Model" - Security Crises and their Influence on the Public Behaviour of Loss: A Psycho-Political Approach to the Study of History Udi Lebel 8. Holocaust Survivors in the Israeli Army during the 1948 War: Documents and Memory Hanna Yablonka Military–Media Relations 9. The Military and the Media in the Twenty-First Century: Towards a New Model of Relations Yehiel Limor and Hillel Nossek 10. Three "Travelling" Models of Politics and the Mass Media in the Context of Israeli National Security Gideon Doron 11. Nuclear Ambiguity and the Media: The Israeli Case Yoel Cohen 12. The Media and National Security: The Performance of the Israeli Press in the Eyes of the Israeli Public Martin Sherman and Shabtai Shavit Security and Territory 13. Competing Land Uses: The Territorial Dimension of Civil-Military Relations in Israel Ami Oren and David Newman 14. Defending Territorial Sovereignty Through Civilian Settlement: The Case of Israel’s Population Dispersal Policy Matt Evans
Udi Lebel is a lecturer and researcher at the Ben Gurion Research Institute at Sde Boker, Ben Gurion University of the negev and at Sapir College.