This book offers a systematic examination, analysis and evaluation of Israeli national security statecraft in terms of challenges and responses.

Providing an in-depth analysis of Israeli statecraft challenges and responses, this interdisciplinary book integrates social science and security studies with public policy approaches within a long-term historical perspective on the Arab-Israeli conflict. These scholarly approaches are synthesized with extensive personal knowledge of the author based on involvement in Israeli political-security policy making. This book makes use of conceptualizations of statecraft such as 'fuzzy gambling' and interventions with critical mass in ultra-dynamic historical processes to help clarify Israel's main statecraft successes and failures, alongside the wider theoretical apparatuses these concepts represent. While focused on Israel, these theoretical frameworks have important implications for the academic study of statecraft and statecraft praxis worldwide.

This book will be of much interest to both statecraft practitioners and to students of Israeli politics and security, the Middle Eastern conflict, strategic studies and IR/security studies in general.

chapter 1|8 pages


chapter 2|10 pages

Israel’s uniqueness

chapter 3|12 pages

Value compass

chapter 5|17 pages

Mega- trends

chapter 6|13 pages

Turning points

chapter 7|13 pages

Contingencies and responses

chapter 8|9 pages

Fateful fuzzy gamble: confronting Iran

chapter 9|28 pages

Conflict morphology

chapter 10|17 pages

Conflict system dynamics proto- model

chapter 15|11 pages

“Dwelling in the world” global paradigm

chapter 16|5 pages

Epilogue: statecraft knowledge for what?