The Israel defense forces as an epistemic authority: An intellectual challenge in the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Kobi Michael

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Abstract

The changes in the nature of warfare and its transformation toward Low Intensity Conflict (LIC) intrastate conflict have challenged the patterns of interaction between the political and the military echelons in Israel. It seems that the political echelon's superiority is maintained at the institutional and formal levels, but on the substantive level, which demands relying on knowledge and systematic staff work, the political echelon's position is weakened and loses its validity. Introducing the military echelon in Israel as an epistemic authority regarding the violent confrontation and the main outlines of the military knowledge development process might clarify why the absence of the required dialogue between the echelons and the weakness of the intellectual effort increased the military's influence over the shaping of Israeli conflict-management strategy. The argument's validity and its explanatory power can be found relevant for other countries whose militaries are deeply involved in the management of LIC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-446
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Civil control
  • Civil-military-relations
  • Epistemic-authority
  • Influence
  • Israel
  • Knowledge
  • Lic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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