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Naval arms race between Israel and Hamas picks up steam
At the Israel Navy Erez Arena Control Center just north of the Gaza Strip, officers and soldiers turn an array of high-tech sensors in the direction of Gaza, aware that any blind spot could end up carrying a heavy price tag for the Israeli civilian communities all around them that they protect.
The growth and operational capabilities of the IDF
Kenneth S. Brower
Today, Israel stands out as the dominant military power in the Middle East. It has been able to accomplish this while reducing the burden of defense expenditure on its gross national product from a peak of 24 percent in the post-1973 war years to about 6 percent today.