Journal Article - Middle East Journal

National Security Decision-Making in Israel: Processes, Pathologies, and Strengths

| Autumn 2006

Abstract

This article presents a first of its kind typology of Israeli national security decision-making processes, focusing on five primary pathologies and a number of strengths. It will demonstrate that these pathologies are the product of an extraordinarily compelling external environment and domestic structural factors: chiefly, the extreme politicization of the decision-making process stemming from the proportional representation electoral system, the consequent need to govern through coalition cabinets, and the absence of effective cabinet-level decision-making support capabilities.

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For Academic Citation: Freilich, Chuck (Charles D.). National Security Decision-Making in Israel: Processes, Pathologies, and Strengths.” Middle East Journal, vol. 60. no. 4. (Autumn 2006):
635-663
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