Israel’s post-heroic wars: exploring the influence of American military concepts on Israel’s adaptation of post-heroic warfare

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Abstract

This article examines the role of American military influence on Israel’s transition to post-heroic warfare. The main factors identified in the existing literature that have been identified to explain Israel’s transition to post-heroic warfare had to do with the changes in Israel’s strategic environment, changes in society and development of new military technology. This article sheds light on an intervening factor that further enables and shapes the transition to post-heroic war; the American military influence over the Israel Defence Forces. The strategic uncertainty and lack of professional direction encouraged Israel’s military establishment to turn to American military ideas. The US military is perceived by the IDF as a leading professional institution that is dealing with similar challenges and operating under similar constraints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)686-706
Number of pages21
JournalIsrael Affairs
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2018

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Keywords

  • IDF
  • Post-heroic war
  • US military
  • emulation

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