Rory Miller

Defensive Positions

Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country – and Why They Can’t Make Peace

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In mid-2012 a picture of a young, bikini-clad Israeli soldier on a busy Tel Aviv beach, M16 assault rifle strapped to her back, went viral, attracting millions of views on the Internet. The cast of characters in Patrick Tyler’s new book – cynical politicians, battle-hardened generals and shadowy spymasters – is unlikely to appeal to the same audience. But the ins and outs of Israel’s conflict with the Arabs continue to garner unrivalled attention, bordering on obsession in some quarters, so this political biography of the country’s ruling elite should arouse its own interest.

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