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Retired Generals in Israeli Politics: Concerning Backstep or Status Quo?


Main Image Credit Israeli troops on the east bank of the Suez Canal across from Ismailia, Egypt, June 1967. The Six Day War, fought between Israel and its Arab neighbours Egypt, Jordan and Syria, marked a turning point in military personnel’s involvement in government. Cou


Concern over the political rise of former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz is misplaced. The military’s role in Israeli politics has always served to reinforce democratic values, not erode them.

Before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally called his oft-heralded general election last December, the possibility that there might be a realistic challenger to his long-running hold on power in Israel seemed remote. Traditional left-wing opposition parties have been in disarray for some time, and whenever a genuine rival has arisen from within Netanyahu’s coalition of right-wing and religious parties, he has systematically and effectively neutralised them the

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