Res Militaris

ISSN : 2265-6294

Guest Editors’ Foreword

Uzi Ben-Shalom & Nir Gazit Description Abstract   The present ERGOMAS issue of Res Militaris is the first of its kind : it deals with a specific country’s security issues, namely the questions raised by the surveilance and control of Israel’s borders. This foreword details the considerations behind it as well as its contents.   Résumé  Le présent numéro…

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Culture and Military Doctrine : The Israel Border Mission after the Arab Spring

Amr Yossef Description Abstract    This article shows that the new, post-Arab Spring military role of the border mission in Israel is a significant part of an overall organizational change. The latter, in turn, is the product of doctrinal change in the IDF, introducing a minor defensive doctrine alongside the main offensive doctrine. The author…

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Mitigated Securitization and Criminalization on the Israeli-Egyptian Borderland

Nir Gazit Description Abstract   The increased securitization and militarization of contemporary borders have received growing attention from journalists, activists, and scholars. The focus of this attention is often on formal border policies and on the consequences of fencing, surveillance technologies, and violence in controlling the border. Far less attention has been given to the…

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Collective Action in Operational Mixed-Gender Units on Israel’s Borders

Uzi Ben-Shalom, Shimrit Engel & Eyal Lewin Description Abstract  This article examines collective action by men and women in operational military units, following in-depth interviews with male and female soldiers who have served in mixed-gender units on Israel’s borders. In comparison to a previous study conducted over a decade ago, the units currently studied are…

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Friends and Foes in the Boundary Zone : New Military–Medical Spaces in the Treatment of Syrian Casualties in Israel

Limor Samimian-Darash & Hedva Eyal Description Abstract     This article discusses the concepts of borders and boundaries by analyzing the medical treatment provided in Israel to Syrian casualties, in field hospitals along the border zone between Israel and Syria but also in public hospitals elsewhere in the country. At these hospitals, security personnel and…

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Israel’s Strategic Border Challenge – The Growth of the Tunnel Threat under the Cover of Rockets

Eran Ortal Description Abstract     Israel came up with a technical, rather than a holistic strategic solution to the threat of cross-border tunnels – the construction of a sophisticated border obstacle on its border with Gaza. Close examination reveals that the accelerated development of tunnelling from 2012-2014 benefited from Israel’s policy, which during those…

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The Eyes of the State : The See-Shoot System, Border Surveillance, and Nintendo Warfare

Chava Brownfield-Stein Description  Abstract   “The eyes of the State” is a phrase first used at the end of the 1973 war by infantryman Benny Massas, interviewed in a TV report after the battle that reclaimed Mount Hermon on the border between Israel, Syria and Lebanon. It became one of the national verbal icons for…

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