By Ze'ev Drory

This e-book discusses the contribution of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to the construction of the social and academic foundations of the rustic, and its function within the zone of immigrant absorption and cost in the course of the first years of the Israeli kingdom. the writer examines how lower than the advice of David Ben-Gurion Israel was once in a position to make the most of the values of army association to wrestle serious, monetary, and social problems, and construct a civil society to underpin the recent kingdom.

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According to Josef Gorni, this was the principal power and originality of the man. In view of the seriousness of the situation and the imminent problems – immigrant absorption, widespread settlement, setting up of security systems, education and health, and the scope required by the new needs – Ben-Gurion brandished the banner of ‘statism’ and placed activities implemented by centralized and sovereign State institutions at the centre of national consciousness. As mentioned above, his statism was now advanced as a clear ‘anti-thesis’ to the divisiveness and ineffectiveness which characterized movement and party activities.

People who have surplus power lacking to others – and this power is not made subordinate to a supreme authority – constitute a public danger. Those people who are armed – their duty is to kill and be killed, that is the duty of a soldier … and this also should not be forgotten – man is not an angel.

Originally, this plan was to become operative with the departure of the British, but with increased pressure stemming from the circumstances described above, it was begun within weeks of its final formulation. On almost all of the battlefronts, the burden of execution was placed on local forces, in accordance with their capability; the breakthrough to Jerusalem required a different approach and led to Operation Nachshon. This operation called for the concentration of large forces and a great amount of weaponry of unprecedented scope, resulting in a temporary, and dangerous, depletion of forces on other fronts.

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