‘Pounding Their Feet’: Israeli Military Culture as Reflected in Early IDF Combat History

  title={‘Pounding Their Feet’: Israeli Military Culture as Reflected in Early IDF Combat History},
  author={Gil-li Vardi},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
  pages={295 - 324}
  • Gil-li Vardi
  • Published 27 March 2008
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Strategic Studies
Abstract How did the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) organisational and military culture shape their understanding of security threats, perceptions of warfare, and instinctive responses to security challenges? Israel's early military history is marked by the stubborn persistence of accepted patterns of thought and action. In the first twenty years of its existence, the IDF habitually came to sacrifice both political and military long-term and medium-term considerations in favour of the superficial… 

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