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Israel, six decades after its founding, remains a nation in thrall to an original martial impulse.'
Born of idealism, under David Ben Gurion and his proteges, Dayan, Sharon and Peres, Israel came to prioritize security at all costs, and to seize land and water whenever opportunity arose. The security state erected around the nation is the most efficient, ruthless, intelligent and skilful in the region. And it is very little understood. Patrick Tyler believes that the way to understand it is to understand the men and women who have created, sustained and directed it. Less an anatomy of institutions and administrations than a searching biographical study of the outsize personalities who headed its operations and in consequence steered Israel's course since its foundation, this book is a landmark in the revelation of the inner workings of the Israeli nation-state.
In this revealing chronicle of Israeli foreign and defense policy, New York Times correspondent Tyler (Running Critical) contends that Israel is dominated by military and intelligence cliques who just won't give peace a chance. He follows this theme through an exhaustive recap of Israel's conflicts from the Suez Crisis and the Six-Day War through the interminable struggle against the Palestinians, with its bloody counterpoint between Israeli air strikes, armored incursions, and targeted assassinations, and Palestinian rocket attacks and suicide bombings. At most junctures his intimate narrative of policy making shows a government driven by the "martial impulse" of officer-politicians, like Moshe Dayan and Ariel Sharon, riding roughshod over doves and turning away from negotiations and compromise toward bellicose overreaction. Tyler's well-researched account illuminates an ugly and troubling dimension of Israeli policy and politics. He ascribes Israeli policy to factional maneuvering and a "sabra" native-born Israeli culture of toughness and militarism while underplaying factors like public opinion and the rejectionism of Palestinians and Arab regimes. In assuming that there always is a clear-cut peace program to be pursued, he underestimates the intractability of the Middle East deadlock. Photos.