The theocratization of the Israeli military

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This article portrays the theocratization of the Israeli military. At the center of this process stands the national-religious sector, which has significantly upgraded its presence in the ranks since the late 1970s. It is argued that four integrated and cumulative processes gradually generated this shift toward the theocratization of the Israeli military: (1) the crafting of institutional arrangements that enable the service of religious soldiers, thereby (2) creating a critical mass of religious soldiers in many combat units, consequently (3) restricting the military command's intraorganizational autonomy vis-à-vis the religious sector, and paving the road to (4) restricting the Israel Defense Forces autonomy in deploying forces in politically disputable missions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-294
Number of pages26
JournalArmed Forces and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • diversity management
  • organizational autonomy
  • symbolic rewards
  • theocratization

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