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Zion's Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy

Charles D. Freilich


This book details the history and, in many cases, the chronic inadequacies in the making of Israel's national security policy. It identifies profound, ongoing problems ascribed to a series of factors: a hostile and highly volatile regional environment, Israel's proportional representation electoral system, and structural peculiarities of the Israeli government and bureaucracy. The book presents a first of its kind model of national security decision-making in Israel. It analyzes the major events of the last thirty years, from Camp David I to the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, through Camp David II, ... More

Keywords: national security policy, proportional representation, Israel, Camp David I, Camp David II, Gaza Disengagement Plan, Lebanon war, national security decision-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451041
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles D. Freilich, author
Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School