Israel's Materialist Militarism explains the fluctuations in Israel's military policies during the 1990s-2000s from the Oslo Accords to the al-Aqsa Intifada and the Second Lebanon War. A conceptual framework is offered that relies on materialist militarism, the relations of exchange between the state and social groups, by which the groups exchange their military sacrifice for social rewards, that in turn nutures militarism. The dynamic balancing of the sacrifice/reward equation explains the dynamics of war versus de-escalation.
Yagil Levy, PhD, is External Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Chapter 1: Theoretical Introduction - The Essence and Dynamics of Materialist Militarism Chapter 2: The Republican Equation and Its Violation Chapter 3: The Continuation of Oslo by the al-Aqsa Intifada Chapter 4: The War of the Peripheries Chapter 5: From "People's Army" to "Market Army" Chapter 6: The "Embedded Military" and the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Chapter 7: The Second Lebanon War: The "Gap of Legitimacies" Syndrome Chapter 8: Conclusions: Why Materialist Militarism Matters