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Setting the stage

Israel provides a unique case study of state, military, and gender relations because of the centrality the military assumes in Israeli society, which has clear militaristic features. The late Israeli sociologist Baruch Kimmerling (1993) argued that, due to the prolonged Israeli–Palestinian conflict, militarism has become a central factor in Israel’s society, “when arms and the management of violence came to be perceived as routine, self-evident and integral parts of the Israeli–Jewish culture” (Kimmerling 1993, 199). Kimmerling claimed that “such militarism can be termed civilian militarism,” since “the military mind is systematically internalized by most statesmen, politicians and general public to be a self-evident reality whose imperatives transcend partisan party of social allegiances” (Kimmerling 1993, 206).