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By Gabriel Sheffer, Oren Barak

Because the institution of the nation of Israel in 1948, and especially after the Israeli-Arab conflict of 1967, a hugely casual yet at the same time powerful defense community has encouraged Israel's household sphere. Composed of appearing and previous protection team of workers and their companions within the state's a number of civilian spheres, this defense community has affected Israeli tradition, politics, society, economic climate, public discourse, and international kin. This ebook discusses this significant sociopolitical phenomenon and its results in a comparative and theoretical viewpoint. First, it defines Israel's protection community in a large theoretical and comparative point of view. moment, it explains how Israel's defense community emerged and bought a hegemonic place within the quarter of nationwide defense and overseas coverage. 3rd, it describes the safety community and identifies its contributors. Fourth, it discusses and explains the multitude of roles that Israel's defense community has come to play either locally and externally. 5th, it discusses related phenomena in different suitable circumstances. ultimately, it offers basic analytical and theoretical conclusions.

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The war between Israel and Hizbullah in 2006 also resulted in a rise of defense expenditures in Israel, and in any case, the fact that Israel’s GDP has risen in almost every year in the last decade and a half means that defense expenditures in Israel have not declined in absolute terms and are high relative to those of both Western and non-Western states (The Marker July 1, 2011). The second relevant factor is the relatively early retirement age of senior members of Israel’s security sector, particularly the IDF.

The first is that there has been increasing attention given to informal, including behavioral and cultural aspects of the civil–security interface. This trend can be seen not only with regard to new states in the nonWestern regions, where the boundaries between civilian and security sectors 22 Israel’s Security Networks have been and to an extent remain porous, but also in established Western states, including the United States and some European states. Second, existing theories about the relationship between the civilian and security sectors appear to find it very difficult to describe, let alone prescribe, this relationship in periods of major or open-ended conflict, that is, when the national security of the state is at stake.

Indeed, for many years, but, as we have already noted, especially since 1967, army officers and other security officials in Israel have enjoyed an unparalleled reputation as public servants who are interested primarily in promoting the national interest and not their own personal goals. We will elaborate on this sociopolitical cultural factor, which has undoubtedly facilitated the emergence of Israel’s security network and helped its members a great deal in advancing their individual and collective goals, especially when they met resistance by civilian politicians and civil society groups.

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