Israel’s Death Hierarchy : Casualty Aversion in a by Yagil Levy

By Yagil Levy

"Yagil Levy’s The dying Hierarchy is an excellent research of the connection among the altering social constitution in Israel, the make-up of its army, and the ensuing strategic posture. it really is precise in that it explores those relationships throughout the research of the social and financial features of the casualties in Israel’s restricted conflicts with the Palestinians and with Lebanon. It additionally blends sociological and political theories of civil-military kin in a way that's insightful and thought-provoking. an individual who's attracted to societal-military family and in Israeli society and politics should still placed this publication on most sensible in their studying list."

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1 Balanced Rights Jewish Israeli society has assimilated the republican principle of the citizensoldier as a deeply ingrained core value through the institution of the conscripted military under the aura of a “nation-in-arms” (see Ben-Eliezer 1998). The army was organized on the basis of compulsory enlistment for all Jewish men and (secular, unmarried) women; the length of service was set in the 1970s at two years for women and three years for men. In addition, (mostly) men were required to serve in the reserves for a period ranging from a few days to a number of weeks per year, until the age of forty-five or thereabouts.

First, the cost of security became relatively heavier as the Cold War began to draw to a close during the 1970s, and therefore economic and physical security continued to be valued positively but their relative priorities declined over time (Inglehart 1990). In the 1990s, global conflicts simply did not threaten the interests of the United States and of European NATO members enough to justify putting large numbers of soldiers at risk. Concurrently, cultural trends further increased relative security costs from the perspective of those bearing the costs.

Furthermore, soldiers assigned to labor-intensive jobs are in practice being prepared for blue-collar jobs in civilian life—low-status work in advanced capitalist societies. On the other hand, officers and soldiers who serve in technology-intensive posts are better prepared for whitecollar jobs after their discharge (Weede 1992). Containment of the militaries and their subordination to civilian control, in the sense that more areas of their activity were monitored by a widening circle of political and social groups, were part of the allocation of rights, in this case political rights.

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