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“Specialists would undoubtedly regard this book’s publication as providing the definitive work of scholarship and interpretation of Yitzhak Rabin’s historic role in the evolution of Israel’s national security doctrines and practices. Its best features include meticulous, exhaustively thorough research, clear organization, and a straightforward prose style blessedly free from military or political science jargon.”—Samuel W. Lewis, former Ambassador of the United States to Israel

“Inbar has succeeded not only in documenting Rabin’s views, but also Israel’s security policy.”—Jerusalem Post

“A sober book that respects its subject while avoiding hagiography and polemic.”—Daniel Lieberfeld, International Journal of Middle East Studies

“Succeeds in capturing the complexity and evolution of Rabin’s strategic thinking.… An insightful work.”—Rolin Mainuddin, Perspectives on Political Science

Chapter List


1. The Approach to International Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

2. The American Orientation in Israel’s Foreign Policy

3. Building a Conventional Military Force

4. The Use of Military Force

5. Weapons of Mass Destruction

6. Rabin of the 1990s: The Changing Strategic Assessment Conclusion

About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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