Does the government still control the IDF?

Two successive chiefs of staff reportedly ignored a government order to beef up the southern border, yet legal officials barred the government from appointing its own choice for the job. So how is the government supposed to exercise control?

August 29, 2011 15:35
Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Bennie Gantz

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Bennie Gantz 311. (photo credit: Ariel Harmoni / Defense Ministry)

One of the most troubling reports to emerge following the August 18 terror attacks near Eilat was that the government had ordered the army to significantly bolster its deployment along the southern border over a year ago, but the army simply disregarded the order.

Gantz orders bolstering of IDF troops over terror warning


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