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Israel's Death Hierarchy: Casualty Aversion in a Militarized Democracy

Yagil Levy


Whose life is worth more? That is the question that states inevitably face during wartime. Which troops are thrown to the first lines of battle and which ones remain relatively intact? How can various categories of civilian populations be protected? And when front and rear are porous, whose life should receive priority, those of soldiers or those of civilians? This book uses Israel as a compelling case study to explore the global dynamics and security implications of casualty sensitivity. Israel, the book argues, originally chose to risk soldiers mobilized from privileged classes, more than ci ... More

Keywords: war, civilians, soldiers, Israel, casualty sensitivity, Gaza offensive, death hierarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814753347
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814753347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yagil Levy, author