Conscripts are critical of their low salaries and a general feeling of estrangement, according to a study by IDF behavioral science researchers.
Amos Harel is one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues. He has been the military correspondent and defense analyst for Haaretz for the last 12 years. In this role, he has written extensively about Israel's ongoing fight against terrorist organizations, its battles during the Palestinian Intifadah (uprising) and the last war in Lebanon.
Prior to his current position, Harel, 41, spent four years as night editor for the Haaretz Hebrew print edition, and from 1999-2005 was the anchorman on a weekly Army Radio program about defense issues. He also frequently appears in the Israeli and foreign media as a military pundit.
Along with Avi Issacharoff, Harel co-wrote "The Seventh War: How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians", a 2004 book about the second Intifadah. The book- a best-seller in Israel - has been translated into French and Arabic, and won the prestigious Chechic award in 2005, for outstanding security research.
Harel and Issacharoff's second book, "34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon", about the war of 2006 was published in Hebrew in January 2008, and also became a best-seller. It was published in English, by Palgrave-Macmillan Books, in April 2008. "34 Days" also won the Chechic award in 2009.
Harel is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, with a bachelor's degree in Law. He is married with three children and lives in Hod Hasharon, in central Israel.
If Benjamin Netanyahu hoped, as he recently stated, to bask in one day of praise, Israel's state watchdog is not about to supply it.
Army officers believe that outpost leaders who oppose violence will have a hard time controlling young people planning to come with the intention of helping the settlers resist its demolition.
Brig. Gen. Ofer Winter is the latest senior officer to come under media scrutiny, with religious politicians, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, rushing to his defense.
State Comptroller Joseph Shapira is poised to say that Netanyahu did not sufficiently stress Hamas’ tunnel threat, but the prime minister will strive to keep details from getting out.
How the Israel Navy exploited the need to protect gas reserves to get what it wanted.
Israel reportedly attacked Hezbollah-bound arms convoys in Syria, under the watchful eye of Russia's advanced radar and air-defense missiles.
The IAF says the pricey fighter jet sends a message to Israel's neighbors, reinforces Israel’s advantage and contributes to its deterrence.
ISIS-affiliate 'The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade' is no match for Israel's powerful army. But the group can harass the military and Israeli communities bordering with Syria.
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