I love this Haaretz headline which refers to the fact that the IDF controls half the territory of the State and makes use of it with very little oversight and virtually no planning or development process whatsoever.
Of course, the reason I really like the headline is its more charged meaning indicating that the IDF is the tail wagging the dog of the State of Israel. Whereas in most western countries the nation’s armed forces serve the interests of the state, one gets the sense that either the IDF IS the state or that the state’s interests are so tied to national security that there is no difference between the interests of the one and the other. This is certainly a recipe for disaster for those citizens who believe the army should be subservient both formally and informally to civilian political control as it is in most countries.
Yet a third echo of the headline, is the title of Akiva Eldar’s book about the settlers, Lords of the Land.