Do drones and other guided weaponry protect civilians in war zones – or pose a greater threat to them?
The residents of Tel Aviv are not just indifferent to the distress of the residents of Gaza but also to Israel’s failure of strategic thinking about the way to address this distress
In a system dominated by diplomatic rather than military thinking, the prime minister would long since have ordered the defense establishment to come up with ways to support Gaza in order to bolster Israel’s security
More than anything the IDF is zealous about its prestige, its resources and its freedom of action, and that influences its judgment on how to best serve the country’s security
The obsession with remarks about women in the army made by rabbis at the premilitary academy is hypocritical. The IDF's leaders are the ones who incorporated those values in the curriculum
Nobody is asking whether Iran really has an interest in turning Syria into a base for attacking Israel, or in embroiling Lebanon in another round of violence. A new war would seriously undermine the rebuilding of Israel's enemies to the north
If the ultra-Orthodox have to serve, why not Arabs citizens?
Israel’s most serious problems are often attributed to its protracted rule in the occupied territories. But would it really be better off without them?
You have allowed the army and state institutions in the West Bank to be taken captive by the settlers. And you remained silent.
An imagined conversation between the IDF chief and the army's head of personnel.
The secular majority should be working harder to annul the moral influence of rabbis in the army.
Alongside the official army is another force that is committed first and foremost to providing security to the settlers.
Despite how the controversy over Gadi Eisenkot's remarks have played out, the open-fire regulations are not only a military issue, but a political one as well.
Since 2004, Breaking the Silence has been coping with Israeli democracy's weakness with regard to everything related to military oversight, but in doing so illustrates it in an least two areas.
Israel’s conduct in Operation Protective Edge grew out of the erroneous assumption that it can remove the military threats by destroying the threatening military means, e.g., the tunnels.
No need to rush into the ongoing conflict in Syria, it could produce the opposite result to what was intended.
Naftali Bennett, the head of Habayi Hayehudi, represents a new type who, in the 1980s and 1990s, confidently enlisted in combat units and gained a prominent place in the command hierarchy.
When military thinking is paramount, diplomatic possibilities are pushed to the sidelines - such as the assumption that sometimes it is worthwhile working toward bolstering the sovereignty of the rival.
What would happen if Israel canceled compulsory military service?
The army must be required to deal with its responsibility and not pass it on to the political echelon.
Eventually, there will be calls to eliminate universal conscription in favor of a voluntary or selective system: Not everyone will serve, and the army will choose who to draft, in both cases in return for a decent wage.
The following steps would advance the creation of a professional army that does away with compulsory service.
Recent incidents illustrate a struggle for control of the IDF, and represent the loss of the army's freedom of action when it comes to religious groups.
Israeli political culture doesn't link decreasing security demands and pursuing diplomatic processes lowering the likelihood of security escalation.
The exclusion of women from field units serves the interests of conservative forces within the army who see the integration of women as a threat to the army's capabilities.
One may have expected Yisrael Beiteinu and parts of the Likud to offer human rights groups state funding instead of threatening their existence.
Finance ministry proposes lowering military exemption age for ultra-Orthodox men from 35 to 24 and cutting compulsory service for men by half a year.
IDF deviates from two basic principles on which any modern army is based: Creating a distinction between the army and society and a division of labor between the army.