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.

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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...