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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This book analyzes Palestinian attempts to create an organized military force
from the period of the Mandate up to the present day.
Beginning with a comparative overview of the relationship between insurgent
movements and the quest to build up a standard military, the book looks, first,
at how the 1936 revolt galvanized the Palestinian leadership to attempt to
create a military. It then goes on to examines other major topics such as: the
1948 failure to create an organized armed force; Palestinian participation in
other Arab armed forces; the creation of the PLA; attempts to develop a
security apparatus after Oslo; and, finally, the question of security reform
and peace-making. The book concludes by identifying the lessons from the
Palestinian experience that can be applied in promoting healthy civil-military
relations within political entities located in major conflict zones.