As Conflict Engulfs the Middle East, the Israeli Army Cuts Officers

The IDF gets leaner as its enemies evolve

As Conflict Engulfs the Middle East, the Israeli Army Cuts Officers As Conflict Engulfs the Middle East, the Israeli Army Cuts Officers
The Israel military is among the world’s elite. Armies around the world widely copy its training methods, and actions taken by Israeli soldiers and pilots are legendary.... As Conflict Engulfs the Middle East, the Israeli Army Cuts Officers

The Israel military is among the world’s elite. Armies around the world widely copy its training methods, and actions taken by Israeli soldiers and pilots are legendary.

Israel’s military history includes famous — and risky — operations such as the Raid on Entebbe, the surprise attack on the Egyptian air force in the Six-Day War and the 1981 air strike that took out a nuclear reactor under construction in Iraq.

But those victories were long ago, and Israel’s enemies have evolved.

This week on War College, journalist Noga Tarnopolsky walks us through the changing face of the Israel Defense Forces. In a country where everybody serves, the role of the soldier is both more respected — and more highly scrutinized — than in America.

Tarnopolsky explains why Israel is cutting back on officers, strengthening its borders and worrying less about Iran than you might expect.

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