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Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country - and Why They Can't Make Peace [Hardcover]

Patrick Tyler
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4 Oct 2012
'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.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846272734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846272738
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] revealing chronicle of Israeli foreign and defense policy . . . Tyler's well-researched account illuminates an ugly and troubling dimension of Israeli policy and politics." --"Publishers Weekly ""Tyler presents a sharp critique of the close relationship between the Israeli government and the officer corps of the Israeli military . . . [he] researches deeply and does not pull his punches." --"Booklist """Fortress Israel "is the definitive historical and analytical account of the role that Israel's military has played both in Israel itself and in the wider Middle East. In Patrick Tyler's deeply reported and very well written account, one learns how a militarized Israeli culture has permeated the decision making of Israel's governments for decades and how that culture affects the calculus of its politicians today. If you want to understand Israel's future--and also how that future may play out in the Middle East--this book is mandatory reading." --Peter L. Bergen, author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search""for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad ""In this exceptional book, Patrick Tyler demonstrates with meticulous documentation and revealing interviews with the country's national security experts how Israel's founding military and intelligence leaders were essential to the survival of a young nation. Tyler also tackles the vexed question of our era: Will Israel's warrior ethos and its legacy of zero-sum strategies for dealing with its Arab neighbors and the Palestinians prevent it from crafting a lasting peace? Tyler's analysis of how much the world lost with the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin is definitive and heartbreaking. "Fortress Israel "is essential reading for students of the Middle East." --Howell Raines, former executive editor of "The New York Times ""With "Fortress Israel," Patrick Tyler takes his place in the first rank of historians of Israel and the modern Middle East. He presents a provocative but objective looke

About the Author

Patrick Tyler has spent 30 years as a journalist, dividing his time between Washington, and tours in the Middle East, China, Russia and Europe. As chief correspondent for the New York Times he reported from Baghdad in the lead up to the first Gulf War and covered the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 2003.His previous books include A Great Wall, Six Presidents and China and A World of Trouble (Portobello, 2008). http://patricktyler.org/

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unlikely Two-State Solution 22 Jan 2013
By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a very readable, informative and detailed account of the peace process and the relationship between the Israeli government and the Israeli army. Many of the author's arguments, however, are not new and some of his omissions are surprising.

Regarding the long-stalled Israel-Palestine process Mr Tyler is sharply critical of the building of more homes in Israeli settlements. He claims, as have many others, that this is a deliberate policy to thwart the peace process.

Tyler is a respected American journalist who sets out in this book to trace Israeli intransigence about peacemaking back to the beginning of the Jewish state. He does not absolve the Arab states from the legacy of hatred against Israel but he argues it is the 'martial impulse in Israeli society and among its ruling elite that has undermined opportunities for reconciliation'. He quotes Ben Gurion in 1960 telling President Eisenhower:'Either Israel remains free and independent or Israel will be exterminated just as Hitler exterminated the Jews in Germany'. Tyler argues that this was a coded warning that Israel was intent on becoming a nuclear power. Others have made similar claims.

Clearly he admires Moshe Sharett the second prime minister of Israel. It was Sharett who attempted to stop the reprisals policy that Gurion and the military pursued against Palestinian infiltrators. He wrote:'military ambition too often trumped moral aspiration'. Tyler claims it was Sharett who constantly opposed the use of military force to attain peace. In 1965 he died a very bitter man.

The author divides Israel into sabras and non-sabras and uses this as shorthand for militarists and moderates.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Israel needs to change its military mindset 23 Mar 2014
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This book provides a very good account of how a tiny country, almost totally dependent upon Western and especially american military and economic support, has been turned into a violent military powerhouse threatening all her neighbours. This militant outlook can only have one outcome, a major regional clash that could spell the end of Israel. Before it is too late, the Israelis should change course and instead of electing ultra-rightwing and militaristic governments should opt for peace and cooperation and should learn to live in peace with their neighbours.
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A present last Christmas 2012, I have no further comment on this item, sure I've answered these question before.long time ago
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative book 22 Jun 2013
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Looks an interesting book written by an American journalist who has seen quite a lot of the action in Israel
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fortress Israel 27 Jan 2013
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I heard about this book from a friend and was looking forward to receive my copy.
Was quite disappointed as the book was sent on a thin packaging cover which wasn't good enough.
The out cover was damaged on the side that the book looked like a used one!
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