Published in the fiftieth anniversary year of the State of Israel, The Sword and the Olive is a complete history of one of the worlds most admired and most mythologized fighting forces. The Israeli Defense Force has long been one of the worlds preeminent fighting forces, often defeating its Arab neighbors against great odds. After tracing its historysurprising victories, aggressive battle tactics, and selfless patriotismvan Creveld takes a fresh look at the state of the IDF today. Is the Israeli military suffering from a collapse of morale? What factors make men and women either want to or refuse to fight? Will the IDF survive the current struggle for peace in the Middle East?
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