Periphery: Israel's Search for Middle East Allies (Hardback)
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Periphery: Israel's Search for Middle East Allies (Hardback)

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Hardback 196 Pages / Published: 22/01/2015
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The book analyzes Israel's strategic thinking about the Middle East region, evaluating its success or failure in maintaining both Israel's security and the viability of Israeli-American strategic cooperation. It looks at the importance of the periphery strategy for Israeli, moderate Arab, American, and European efforts to advance the Arab-Israel peace process, and its potential role as the Arab Spring brings about greater Islamization of the Arab Middle East. Already, Israeli strategic planners are talking of "spheres of containment" and "crescents" wherein countries like Cyprus, Greece, Azerbaijan, and Ethiopia constitute a kind of new periphery. By looking at Israel's search for Middle East allies then and now, the book explores a key component of Israel's strategic behavior.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442231016
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 19 mm


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For those weary of the rhetoric of politicians or the propagandizing of think tanks, Alpher's sparkling book, based on information and experience acquired over 30 years, including interviews with several heads of Mossad, is a torrent of fresh air. As a former intelligence operative, he well knows that all rulers - Israeli or Iranians - combine pragmatism with core beliefs and ideology. * The Guardian *
Dramatic changes have taken place in Israel's security environment. What were the dynamics of the periphery doctrine in the years between 1956 and 1983? How should the doctrine be evaluated? Can a revised periphery doctrine deal with the new ring of hostility surrounding Israel in a more effective way? Readers will find answers with evolving interpretations in Periphery by Yossi Alpher, one of the most sophisticated professionals on Israeli strategy. . . .In addition to being a thought-provoking book on strategic history, Periphery lays the foundation for future research on a largely overlooked theme, and makes complex historical issues related to Israel's strategies accessible to both conscientious readers and scholars. * Middle East Policy *
Yossi . . . wrote a very interesting book. * The Iran-Israel Observer *
Yossi Alpher's book Periphery is an extraordinary attempt to provide a comprehensive analysis of the Israeli strategy aimed at forging alliances with non-Arab states and minorities in the greater Middle East, as well as with remote Arab states, in order to break the isolation inflicted on Israel due to the Arab-Israeli conflict. . . .The fact that Alpher questions whether one can talk of a new periphery doctrine enhances his book's relevance. . . .The policy recommendations in the book, even those that are more closely related to the 'original periphery,' are still very much relevant. * Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs *
This book is enlightening and well researched, and will serve to educate both lay readers and specialist alike in a subject that moved from the de rigueur to the largely moribund. Moreover, the author's extraordinary insights into Israeli statecraft as a result of his intelligence background make for a work that I have no hesitation in recommending to all those whose interest in Israel goes beyond the prosaic. * International Affairs *
Years ago Israel undertook to weave an amazing combination of links, alliances, and common interests with a host of state and non-state actors from Morocco in the west to the Persian Gulf in the east and from deep in Africa in the south to Turkey and beyond. Yossi Alpher, an enthusiastic actor in this clandestine strategy, chronicles dramatic successes and heartbreaking failures with consummate skill. The exciting adventures, the blend of conspiracy ending in triumph or tragedy overshadows the entire book. Much of it has never even been published-it all comes from the prime sources. In the midst of the current storm in the Middle East, can Israel repeat this saga?-should it? This book is a must for anyone wishing to understand who are the real players in this game, where it might lead, and what its consequences for mankind. -- Efraim Halevy, former Head of the Mossad (1998-2002)
A fascinating and brilliant exposition of a crucial clandestine Israeli grand strategy and the key role played by the Mossad in its implementation in Iran, Yemen, and elsewhere. The author's extensive research and his own experience combine to provide unique and cogent insights. This is both a great history and a thoughtful guide for future policy makers in Israel and America. -- Bruce Riedel, Director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution
This authoritative work fills in valuable background about Israel's long effort to find partners in its neighborhood. It not only shows how carefully coordinated Israel's efforts have been, but also provides an insightful framework for understanding Israeli foreign policy today. -- Stephen Kinzer, author of Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
Yossi Alpher unveils a secret history of behind-the-scenes alliances that eloquently testifies to Israel's struggle to make a place for itself in the world. No one could tell this story more authoritatively or candidly. Periphery is a revelation. -- Lawrence Wright, author of Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David
Yossi Alpher is unfolding in this book a fascinating affair in Israel's foreign and security policy: the successful efforts to create unexpected alliances between Israel and Moslem and non Moslem countries in the Middle East, in order to compensate for the belligerent relations with its immediate neighbors. Alpher is sharing with his readers both: his personal story as a former Mossad man, who was involved in some of the activities in very surprising places, and his academic aim to put this very unique policy of David Ben Gurion in a helpful theoretical context, in order to understand better the foreign policy of Israel in a hostile neighborhood. Besides the theoretical aspect, this book is another important contribution to the Israeli discourse; Alpher's creative ideas to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have penetrated the Israeli political arena, and influenced those decision makers who searched for solutions in the last 25 years. As per the Israeli-Palestinian context. Here too, Alpher is presenting a pragmatic approach which stems from his deep love to Israel (to which he came as a new immigrant many years ago), and his disappointment from its political mistakes and from distancing itself from the more rational policies of its previous years. The `scoops' of this book (like the request of the Shah of Iran that Israel kill Ayatollah Khomeini, to which Israel refused of course) add a special flavor to the book and make it even more attractive to the potential reader. -- Yossi Beilin, Former Israeli Minister of Justice

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