The transformation of the Israeli Civil Guard into a police force

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This article examines goal displacement in the Civil Guard (CG), established in Israel in 1974 to fight terrorism. Shortly after its establishment, the CG began encroaching on police duties attempting to survive police opposition, official criticism, and negative public opinion. To face these threats and fend them off, the CG adapted its goals to suit the police, but this strategy did not help it survive. Instead, the similarities between its goal system and that of the police led to the CG's incorporation into the police as an internal department, thereby losing its independence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-363
Number of pages11
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Israel
  • civil guard
  • law enforcement
  • police
  • terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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