Israel’s Security Men
The Arab-Fighting Political Careers of Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Barak
About the Book
From 1949 to 2000, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon, and Ehud Barak conducted Israel’s successful (and unsuccessful) talks with its Arab neighbors, from the armistice negotiations to Kissinger’s shuttle diplomacy, to Camp David I and the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, and finally to the Oslo peace process. The four successful generals who became politicians are covered in four separate biographies, which discuss the early life and military career of each subject and his subsequent political career. Two other military politicians—Yigal Allon and Ezer Weizman—are covered within these four biographies. An overview of the phenomenon of military politicians in Israel is given and an appendix compares it with similar experiences in South Africa and the United States.
About the Author(s)
Thomas G. Mitchell is the author of numerous books on such topics as Israel, Northern Ireland, and antebellum American history. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Thomas G. Mitchell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 24 photos, 5 maps, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Part I: Moshe Dayan, 1915–1981
One • Israel’s Military Politicians 13
Two • General Dayan 18
Three • Defense Minister Dayan 34
Four • Dayan as Negotiator 49
Part II: Yitzhak Rabin, 1922–1995
Five • General Rabin 67
Six • Rabin: Prime Minister to Defense Minister 86
Seven • From Defense Minister to Martyr 105
Part III: Ariel “Arik” Sharon, 1928–2014
Eight • General Sharon 121
Nine • Sharon Charges into Politics 135
Ten • Prime Minister Sharon 150
Part IV: Ehud Barak, 1942–?
Eleven • Barak: Israel’s Most Decorated Soldier 167
Twelve • Barak Attempts Peace 185
Thirteen • Barak on Defense 201
Appendix: Military Politicians in the United States and South Africa 221
Chapter Notes 228
Book Reviews & Awards
“an invaluable contribution”—Midwest Book Review.