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February 17th, 2014

Paradoxically, a remarkable and dramatic increase in regards to participation in the Parliament and Government of the layers of military retirement and senior officials graduating from different security services was visualized. Without a doubt, the war of the six days of the year 1967 and its influence on the image of the military before the public layer determined a turning point of a trend that is invigorated with the years until reaching a record with the Parliament and Government, which completed its mandate in these days. In the forty years that alienate the war of the six days of the last Parliament, the number of their members with a degree of General and hierarchs of retired security services went from 4 to 14. In the Government, in the same period, their participation grew from 3 to 10. It is worth mentioning that while changes in both fields of action were similar in magnitude, in regards to the specific weight there is a big difference. While in Parliament at its peak (2006-2008) only arrived representing not more than 12%, in the framework of the most important decisions, the Government its specific weight arrived at almost 40% in the same period. Another demonstration that highlights the growing trend in Israel retire from the army and continue in the political race emerges from analysis of the behavior of the commanders in Chief of the army since the creation of the State these days. Of the 18 army commanders removed since the creation of the State to date, 11 (61%) were devoted to politics with his retirement.

Only 2 of them until the year 1973 and the rest later. Another aspect, and such time of greater meaning, emerges with the increasing participation of the different active representatives of the army and the security services in cabinet meetings. Unlike the stage of Ben Gurion as Prime Minister, the last Government as an example of the tendency of all past cabinets of if composed of a wide layer of retired military, fostered a growing participation of active military and hierarchs in functions of the various security services.

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