An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defence Forces Made a Nation
23/09/2020 5:00pm

In this fascinating history, Bresheeth-Zabner charts the evolution of the IDF from the Nakba to wars in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and the continued assaults upon Gaza, and shows that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars. He also gives an account of his own experiences as a young conscript during the 1967 war. He argues that the army is embedded in all aspects of daily life and identity. And that we should not merely see it as a fighting force enjoying an international reputation, but as the central ideological, political and financial institution of Israeli society.

Event Type

Book Launch


Professor Haim Bresheeth (Professorial Research Associate , SOAS)

Professor Gilbert Achcar (Professor of Development Studies and International Relations, SOAS)

Chair: Dr Dina Matar (Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS)

United Kingdom



Online (registration required)


Verso Books and the Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS