The defense sector and the impact of security
The relatively large share of GNP devoted to defense expenditure and the significant per cent of total industry represented by defense-related production and exports render the defense sector a crucial focal point for any analysis of Israel. Being limited by confidentiality restrictions, detailed analysis of this subject is not easy. Most figures related to the army are confidential, and accepted as such. By the nature of defense considerations, most strategic decisions in this area, including those on industrial structure, are made by very few persons. Those not belonging to the military elite cannot influence these decisions, and often do not know what these decisions were.