Analysis Clear and Present Danger: Budget Cuts Do Not Bode Well for IDF

The constraints of the new state budget mean that those among the regular ranks in the army, who will undergo less training and thus be less proficient, will also be those fighting later in reserve units.

Just five years ago, to great fanfare, the Knesset enacted the Reserve Service Law. After the tiresome speeches about Israeli society’s great debt to the reservists, after the embarrassing distribution of goodies every year − here at last was a binding document that enshrined the perceptions of the Israel Defense Forces’ top brass concerning the value of reservists’ units. It was not by chance that the law...