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Zion's DilemmasHow Israel Makes National Security Policy$
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Charles D. Freilich

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451041

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451041.001.0001

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The Invasion of Lebanon, 1982

The Invasion of Lebanon, 1982

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(p.122) Chapter Five The Invasion of Lebanon, 1982
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Zion's Dilemmas
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Charles D. Freilich

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451041.003.0006

This chapter examines Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 within the context of the five pathologies of the Israeli national security decision-making process (DMP). It begins with an overview of the strategic setting in which the specific DMP took place and argues that the planning process behind the invasion, directed against Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), was deeply flawed. It then considers the political aspects of the invasion and how the invasion relates to the Israeli government's semi-organized anarchy, along with the disconnection between policy input and output in the DMP. It also discusses the role of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the defense establishment in the DMP of the Lebanon invasion. It suggests that the IDF and defense establishment only had a moderate influence on the actual policy outcomes of the invasion.

Keywords:   national security decision-making, Syria, Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel, semi-organized anarchy, Israel Defense Forces, defense establishment, Lebanon invasion, decision-making process

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