The Israeli Military


Israeli Military Leadership
 Organizational Forms and New Wars
 Diversity, Gender and Sexual Orientation
 Psychological Discourses and the Israeli Military


In my earlier studies of the Israeli army, my focus has been on introducing an anthropological point of view which is based on fieldwork, observations and interviews with soldiers “on the ground.” My later work has branched out to the more macro-level of analysis including a policy orientation and my research projects (carried out alone or with other scholars) include military leadership, civil-military relations, processes of militarization, the management of diversity in the armed forces, combatants and rear-echelon soldiers, human security, or social and organizational changes.


Edna Lomsky-Feder and Eyal Ben-Ari (eds) The Military and Militarism in Israeli Society. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000. [Book Link]

Daniel Maman, Eyal Ben-Ari and Zeev Rosenhek (eds) War, Politics and Society in Israel: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers. 2001. [Google Books]

Eyal Ben-Ari, Daniel Maman and Zeev Rosenhek The Study of War and the Military in Israel: An Empirical Investigation and Reflective Critique. International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 35: 461-84, 2003.

Anthropological Research, and State Violence: Some Observations of an Israeli Anthropologist. In Laura A. McNamara and Robert A. Rubinstein (eds) Dangerous Liaisons: Anthropologists and the National Security State. Santa Fe: School of Advanced Research Press. Pp.167-84. 2011.

(with Edna Lomsky-Feder) Managing Diversity in Context: Unit Level Dynamics in the Israel Defense Forces. Armed Forces and Society 39(2): 193 – 212. 2013.

(With Yehudit Sher and Ariel Vainer) The IDF in Operation Cast Lead: From Hybrid Wars to Combinatorial Militaries. In Efraim Lavi (ed) Civil-Military Relations in Israel: Implications for Decision-Making about Issues of War and Peace. Tel Aviv University: Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Studies. Pp. 87-98. (in Hebrew) 2013.

(with Nir Gazit) Prolonged Military Occupation, Political Order and Military Violence, In Yoel Elizur (ed) “A Blot on a Light Cloud”: Israeli Soldiers, Army and Society in the Intifada. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad. Pp. 199-226. (in Hebrew). 2013.