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Zion's DilemmasHow Israel Makes National Security Policy$
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Charles D. Freilich

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451041

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451041.001.0001

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Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and Recommendations

(p.225) Conclusions and Recommendations
Zion's Dilemmas

Charles D. Freilich

Cornell University Press

This book concludes with a review of the findings in the seven case studies, along with a discussion of the discrepancies between the posited and actual outcomes. It cites the unplanned nature of Israel's specific national security decision-making process (DMP) as well as the primacy of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the defense establishment as the two most strongly substantiated pathologies; the politicized and uninstitutionalized nature of the DMP were somewhat less substantiated. Semi-organized anarchy was manifested at a lower level than expected. The chapter also considers past attempts to reform the DMP, paying attention to the Israel National Security Council and the reasons it has yet to live up to its intended role. It argues that Israel should start addressing its decision-making ills instead of continuing business as usual. Finally, it offers recommendations for further reforms needed on both the institutional and electoral levels aimed at improving the DMP.

Keywords:   decision-making process, Israel Defense Forces, defense establishment, semi-organized anarchy, Israel, national security decision-making, Israel National Security Council, national security

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