The Occupation and Its Effect on the Israel Defense Forces

Reuven Pedatzur

in The Impacts of Lasting Occupation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199862184
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979950 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

The Occupation and Its Effect on the Israel Defense Forces

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The chapter focuses on the effects that the occupation has had on the Israeli army. It argues that the army has naturally played a major role in the management of the occupied territories. In fulfilling this role the army has been responsible for encouraging, initiating, realizing and supporting the Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This role has led to illegal acts, to the legitimization of illegal acts, to political involvement of the army and to the disregard of violations of the Palestinians’ human rights. It has also led to neglect in preparing the military to fight a conventional war as it was preoccupied with containing the resistance of the Palestinians to occupation and fighting the emerging terror.

Keywords: Occupation; Military; Officers; Jewish Settlement; Political system; Israel; IDF; War; Yom Kippur War; Army Staff

Chapter.  19285 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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