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Trapped Fools

Thirty Years of Israeli Policy in the Territories, 1st Edition

By Shlomo Gazit


400 pages

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Based upon the author's own experiences this study explores the Israeli government's attitude to the West Bank and Gaza over a period of 30 years. The "fools" in the book's title refers not only to the Arabs who rejected Israeli peace offers but to the Israelis themselves.


'A fair, comprehensively sourced account of how and why things have gone so badly wrong in the territories since those heady days of June 1967.' - The Jewish Chronicle

Table of Contents

Part l: Background 1. First Contact with the Territories2. Shaping Israeli Policy in the Territories3. Organizing the Military AdministrationPart 2: The Ministers of Defense and their Policies: A Historic Chronology 4. Introduction 5. Moshe Dayan6. Shimon Peres7. Ezer Weizman8. Menachem Begin9. Ariel Sharon10. Moshe Arens11.Yitzhak RabinPart 3: The Issues 12. The Political Future of the Territories13. Israel's Administrative Policy14. Municipal Elections in 1972 and 197615. Attempts to Establish Palestinian Self-Rule in the Territories16. The Evolution of Israel's Settlement PolicyPart 4: Lessons Learnt from the Intifada 17. A New Reality18. Israel's Policy in the Territories - A SummaryEpilogueAppendices Appendix A. The Administered Territories: General Data, 1967Appendix B. Firing Instructions in Case of Riots in Military Government Areas (10 September 1984)Appendix C. The Israeli Peace Initiative (14 May 1989)

About the Author

Major General Shlomo Gazit, previously Weinstein, born to a family of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in Israel was an officer in the Israel Defense Forces and head of Aman from 1974 to 1978. He served as the head of assessment in IDF intelligence before the Six Day War. Gazit's studies were interrupted in the summer of 1967, when he was appointed by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan to be in charge of a committee tasked with running the political, security, and later economic affairs in the newly captured territories. This group would be renamed "The Unit for the Coordination of Operations in the Territories". After seven years, Gazit was promoted to head of Aman, which he held for four years.

About the Series

Israeli History, Politics and Society

This series provides a multidisciplinary examination of all aspects of Israeli history, politics and society and serves as a means of communication between the various communities interested in Israel: academics, policy-makers, practitioners, journalists and the informed public.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies