Fortress Israel: The inside story of the military elite who run the country – and why they can’t make peace

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Granta Publications, Oct 4, 2012 - Political Science - 512 pages

'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 protgs 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 agile, relentless, 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 and innermost desires of the Israeli nation-state.

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FORTRESS ISRAEL: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country--and Why They Can't Make Peace

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A scathing look at the belligerent mindset of Israel's elite, from David Ben-Gurion to Benjamin Netanyahu.Since its founding in opposition to Arab hostility, Israel remains "in thrall of an original ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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 and A World of Trouble (Portobello, 2008).

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