The top military commanders of Israel’s most powerful and influential military unit are making major changes to their approach to defense in the wake of the wave of Palestinian violence, according to two people familiar with the plans.
The military establishment is grappling with a surge in Palestinian violence after an offensive in Gaza, and with a new government under Netanyahu’s in the center that is wary of a conflict with the Palestinians.
Israel’s security establishment has been pushing back against Netanyahu’s calls to bolster the security forces.
The top commanders are concerned about the risks of a prolonged war, and want to be more proactive in helping their troops prepare for combat, said one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The people spoke on the condition of being allowed to speak freely about the plans before the military’s chief of staff, Major General Benny Gantz, made a formal announcement to the public on Tuesday.
The reshaping of the military is one of several measures Netanyahu has ordered in recent weeks aimed at strengthening the security establishment and making it less vulnerable to criticism.
The shift has been in the works for weeks, said the person, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The senior officers are expected to make key changes to the way they conduct the military and its role in Israeli society.
For example, they are expected not to make public statements during meetings, the people said.
The decision was not unexpected.
The new government is trying to build a new relationship with the military.
The current defense minister, Avigdor Liberman, was a veteran of the 1990s war in Lebanon and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 2006.
His predecessor, Yaakov Amidror, was in the army in the late 1990s when the country plunged into an unprecedented civil war.
Israelis have become increasingly angry over the escalation of the conflict and the continued deaths of more than 1,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians.
They also want to see a change in the way Israel handles the conflict, and the new military leaders want to get there.
Israel’s security cabinet on Monday approved a series of measures to boost the security of the country’s most important forces, including bolstering the security service and increasing its role on the streets, the government said.
Netanyahu and his allies have said that security measures to protect civilians are essential to ensuring the country remains a secure and prosperous place.
The security establishment, which is considered a bulwark of Israeli society, is also seen as critical to the countrys stability and defense.
But the public is increasingly skeptical about the military, and many believe the government is using the threat of an extended conflict as a political wedge to gain political advantage.
The public’s unease about the security services has been heightened by recent allegations of corruption and corruption-related wrongdoing against the officers, many of whom have been accused of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of their positions.
The security establishment’s focus on the economy has drawn criticism, and it has criticized Netanyahu for trying to revive Israel’s economy with a tax-and-spend program, which the public sees as wasteful and inefficient.
Netanyahus are pushing for a comprehensive economic reform, which they say is needed to address a deepening recession and the growing cost of living in Israel.
The prime minister has said he wants to lift the retirement age and lower the retirement ages for all military officers.
In the coming weeks, the prime minister is expected to unveil a list of measures that he hopes will help Israels economy improve.
He is also expected to propose a plan to address the growing unemployment problem.
In a statement on Tuesday, Liberman called the current economic crisis a challenge to Israeli society and said he was determined to address it.
Liberman said the country was moving forward with reforms to make it more competitive and to strengthen Israel’s economic base.