Netanyahu vs The Generals
The Battle for Israel's Future
Author(s): Guy Ziv
Publication Date: 18/1/24
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Benjamin Netanyahu has carefully cultivated a self-image as Israel's 'Mr. Security' during his decades of political activity. His reputation as a security-minded leader has resonated with large swathes of the Israeli public, enabling him to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister. Yet the Israeli security community has long questioned Netanyahu's approach to national security. The Netanyahu era has seen unprecedented civil-military tensions, while retired generals and former heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet intelligence agencies, some of whom were appointed by Netanyahu, have publicly rejected both his leadership and his policies. Drawing on interviews with dozens of senior veterans of the Israeli security establishment, this book addresses this intriguing paradox. It sets out to explain the mutual distrust and intense disagreements between Netanyahu and the security community, as well as the underlying reasons behind the Israeli public's inattention to the collective judgment of hundreds of ex-generals and former spymasters.
- Elucidates the relationship between Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister, and the Israeli security establishment – providing a window into the attitudes of security officials toward Netanyahu's leadership and his approach to national security issues
- Candid personal interviews with retired senior security officials and academic experts provide a unique insight into the predominant perspectives in the Israeli security community on major national security issues, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear ambitions
- Examines the era of populist nationalism in Israel and its impact on the status of the IDF, the Mossad intelligence agency, and the Shin Bet security service in Israeli society – highlighting important implications for the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state