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By Michael N. Barnett

Simply because Israel is exclusive in lots of dimensions, many social scientists examine it a old peculiarity. Neither East nor West, constructed nor undeveloped, capitalist nor socialist, 3rd global nor First international, Israel has little in universal with different nations and their old reports. This e-book of unique essays demanding situations identical to Israeli distinctiveness and the prestige of the Israeli case and even as corrects a few universal misperceptions concerning the comparative technique generally and case choice particularly. whilst, it compares Israeli and Arab stories and addresses severe concerns in heart japanese reviews.

To problem identical to Israeli distinctiveness, the authors situate Israel's heritage in comparative context; hire macrohistorical suggestions either to reexamine the Israeli case and to construct bridges among Israel and different old studies; and use the Israeli case to re-evaluate present social technology theories. [Articles by means of Michael Barnett, Yehezkal Dror, Rebecca Kook, Ian Lustick, Joel Migdal, Gershon Shafir, Gabriel Sheffer, Shibley Telhami, and Mark Tessler and Ina Warriner] Israel in Comparative viewpoint demonstrates how our knowing of the zone will be enriched through the use of versions and theories constructed in different areas to reexamine Israeli heritage.

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The search for more context-dependent theories has elevated the importance of, and focused greater attention on, case-based methods. For various 22 Michael N. Barnett statements on case-based methods, see Arend Lipjhart, "Comparative Politics and the Comparative Method," American Political Science Review 65 (September 1971), pp. 682-93, and "The Comparable-Cases Strategy in Comparative Research," Comparative Political Studies 8 (July 1975), pp. , Diplomacy (New York: Free Press, 1979); Charles Ragin, The Comparative Method (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987); Robert Yin, Case Study Research: Design and Methods (Beverly Hills: Sage Press, 1989); David Collier, "New Perspectives on the Comparative Method," in D.

15 There also are cases of major international crises before 1982 in which important episodes of Israeli foreign policy cannot be explained by calculations of immediate security concerns; even in the case of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the extent of immediate security concerns is debatable. 16 One case that is less debatable is the 1956 Suez War 17 where the degree of immediate concern from guerilla operations coming from Gaza against Israeli targets certainly cannot explain the scope of the Israeli military operations.

The problem is that politicians rarely have to make such clear-cut choices among their competing preferences and, as in the case of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, ideological motives can often prevail. When politicians have to make such choices, as in the Camp David case, the choices are not all-or-nothing but choices among degrees, in which case most key preferences playa role in the decision. Even worse, a leader who 38 Shibley Telhami is concerned about having to make such clear-cut choices, as Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir was during the Bush administration, can design the foreign policy of the state in ways intended to avoid making such choices.

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