The issue is not only the extent to which the MI is drawn into policy making but no less importantly the greater continuity which his office and the General Staff bring to the policymaking forum. That continuity is more comprehensive and of greater depth than that which any current cabinet can bring. If for example the military establishment has traditionally and consistenty opposed rapprochment with the PLO, the reference to the Oslo Accords being a clear indicator, then any Israeli government's capacity to adopt a new security policy is severely constrained. The book's underlying theme is therefore profoundly disturbing for Israel, the Palestinians and the Region.
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from the article: The policymaking power of the IDF intelligence chief