Fast Market Research recommends "Israel Defence & Security Report Q1 2015" from Business Monitor International, now available
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/02/2014 -- Israel's domestic and regional security situation remains volatile. BMI thinks that the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is a short-term solution for temporary peace. However, we expect a likely resumption of hostilities in the not too distant future. We are currently most concerned about the rising tensions across the West Bank. We also expect the number of Christian draftees into the army to increase without notable impact to the size of the army.
This quarter, BMI explains how divisions exist and divisions are being created by the Israeli government in relation to compulsory military service. We think that coercing Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Jews to enlist has the potential to produce a series of unforeseen outcomes. We foresee the trend of conscientious objection from Israel's Druze community to emerge further in times ahead and we expect the number of Christian draftees to increase, although without notable impact on the size of the armed forces.
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While BMI welcomes the cessation of hostilities between Hamas and the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza, we are concerned that similar to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement, the current ceasefire agreement will not be fully implemented by all parties. We think that current tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, notably in the area of the Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount in East Jerusalem are of grave concern, and need to be managed carefully to avoid further clashes and violence.
As of late May 2014 it was reported that Israel's defence budget funding was suffering severe problems, with the country's defence ministry ordering the suspension of a number of research and development projects and warning that other programmes could face major reductions or cancellations as a result of funding reductions. The suspension came following a procurement slowdown which has been in place since January 2014 which has reduced the number of new systems being procured by the Israeli Ministry of Defense...
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