Less Money, More Scrutiny: IDF Enters New Era of Accountability

Yes, the defense establishment received an extra NIS 2.75 last week to its current budget, but it's becoming clear that the post-Lebanon war atmosphere, in which the money flowed without much oversight, is coming to an end.

There are certain similarities between what the American intelligence community is currently undergoing in the wake of the leaks by Edward Snowden and the erosion in public status of the Israeli defense establishment due to its budget battles. In both cases, a security failure triggered a national trauma ‏(for the U.S., the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; for Israel, the Second Lebanon War in the...