The Israeli military is spending a lot of money to hire its own officers and enlisted soldiers to help fight its wars.
And it’s hiring them in an increasingly high-profile way.
The country is on track to hire 1,500 new officers and 1,000 enlisted soldiers in the next two years, with the goal of recruiting up to 10,000 new officers in each of those years, Israel’s military announced on Monday.
The move comes as the country continues to face growing criticism of its security measures.
The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli-Arab violence in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2017 is at its highest point in more than two decades.
The Israeli government is facing a wave of protests over the killings, which have killed at least 70 Palestinians and wounded hundreds.
Israel’s government has responded by making sweeping cuts to security services, including police and army personnel.
And while there has been no major uptick in violence, the number of arrests and convictions for attacks against Israeli civilians has risen dramatically in recent years.
The government has been particularly concerned about a surge in the number and types of attacks, especially against Palestinians, in the West Bank.
But in an interview with the Hebrew-language newspaper Haaretz, the defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, said that the government was not concerned about the increased use of military force against Palestinians.
“The military is in a difficult situation and is doing its best to defend the state of Israel,” Yaalon said.
“The military will defend the citizens, but it will not be a solution to all of the problems that face us.”
Israel has been in a war with Hamas, which has ruled Gaza for nearly two decades, and its military has carried out a series of airstrikes on Gaza and the West bank.
The military has also used ground forces in the past to push back against Palestinian demonstrations in the Palestinian territories.
Yaalon, who is expected to take over as prime minister in the coming months, also acknowledged that the military was understaffed and overstretched.
The Israeli army is now expected to employ more than 1,100 new officers, according to the military’s recruitment website. “
But we are not making the decision to recruit a large number of soldiers.”
The Israeli army is now expected to employ more than 1,100 new officers, according to the military’s recruitment website.
In the past, the military said it had hired 1,600 officers in the years between 2010 and 2015.
In the same interview, Yaarnon also said that he had been told that the army would be “reforming” its security forces in order to help with its military campaign in Gaza.
That would involve the hiring of more officers, the IDF said.
“We have already begun a major transformation in our security services,” Yaarnons defense minister told the paper.
“We will continue the process to improve our security forces, and I will continue this process.”