Can the IDF Afford a Cut in Mandatory Military Service?

History has taught that ever time there are discussions about cutting service, a war breaks out; in a time of belt-tightening, senior IDF officials are all but threatening mutiny if they're forced to cover the cost of a reduction in mandatory military service from other items in the defense budget.

The First Iron Law of Israeli National Security is that every time there are discussions over reducing the length of mandatory military service, a war...