Fw: Stratfor on Israeli Army

Paul Flewers hatchet.job at SPAMvirgin.net
Sat Apr 28 04:51:00 MDT 2001


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Paul

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                            S T R A T F O
27 April 2001

THE GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE UPDATE

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      * Israeli Defense Force Facing a Reserve Crisis
      http://www.stratfor.com/home/giu/archive/042701

Analysis

Israel, throughout the country's war-torn 52-year history, has relied
heavily on reserve soldiers. In addition to three years of mandatory active
service for men and two years for women, part-time service in the military
commonly lasts well into middle age with reservists serving one month a
year, often in front-line units.

But there is trouble in the ranks. A series of groups representing Israel's
military reservists have called on the government of Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon to take steps to improve [presumably this means 'to counter' --
PF] widespread disaffection among the nation's part-time soldiers, who are
critical of Israel's defense strategy and the Israeli Defense Froce's
methods of recruitment. The Israeli government, in response, has pledged to
take several immediate steps to address their concerns.

Still, the disillusionment among Israel's military reservists, particularly
the younger generation, is likely to continue as Israeli society evolves. As
a result, Israel will have to reassess the IDF's long-term ability to
provide an adequate defense and take steps to guarantee it. Such a major
shift will not be easy and Israel has a long road ahead. The first obstacle
could be finding enough soldiers to mount continued operations, with fresh
troops, in the Palestinian territories.

As Israeli society has matured, its increasingly Westernized citizens have
begun to view military service as a burden, and those who do their duty are
commonly referred to as suckers.  According to the IDF's Behavioral Sciences
Division, 67 percent of reservists believe Israeli society encourages them
to dodge reserve service.

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