Political Decision Making and Non-Decisions: The Case of by R. Ranta

By R. Ranta

This e-book examines Israel's dating and political decision-making strategy in the direction of the Occupied Territories from the aftermath of the Six Day conflict to the Labour Party's electoral defeat in 1977.

The interval represents the 1st decade of Israel's profession of the Occupied Territories and the decade within which the Labour occasion was once Israel's so much dominant political strength.

Arguing that the successive Israeli governments headed through the Labour social gathering lacked a strategic coverage in the direction of the Occupied Territories to deal with the country's ambitions and desires, this booklet demonstrates the unsafe impression this had on Israel, at the heart East normally, and at the Palestinian humans specifically.

In addressing key facets of choice making pathologies, this ebook increases matters which stay very important positive aspects of Israeli politics this present day and an research proper for political choice making worldwide.

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In the pre-war period, policy formulation regarding security and foreign affairs was dominated by a special informal committee headed by Eshkol, which included Golda Meir (former foreign minister and Secretary-General of Mapai), Sapir, Ya‘akov-Shimshon Shapira (the Justice Minister) and, on occasions, Foreign Minister Eban. In addition, Eshkol made use of several other forums, depending on the issue. e. 60 The challenge facing Eshkol was to find a useful mechanism for dictating policies and reaching desired consensus, while preserving the national unity government.

The Allon Plan, however, was not well received and, when ministers met to discuss its merits, they dismissed it as unsuitable. The plan was dismissed by the right (Gahal), the centre (Mapai) and the left (Mapam). According to Allon, ministers, influenced by Eshkol, refused to take a stand on the territorial issue before the Arab world expressed its willingness to negotiate. In short, the government preferred to maintain its ‘non-decision’. The plan did not fare any better when presented to Ahdut-Ha‘avoda members.

The first of these proposals was submitted to the chief-of-staff and the Ministry of Defence on 9 June. It was the brainchild of the AMAN research department, headed by Brigadier-General Early Days 25 Shlomo Gazit, the would-be coordinator of IDF activities in the OT. Senior officers in AMAN felt that Israel had to dictate the proceedings in the early diplomatic activity. This would act to nullify any Arab proposal that might come up, while showing the world that Israel was sincere in its desire to resolve the conflict.

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