Almost 60 percent of Israelis believe the IDF should be put in charge of lockdowns connected to the Coronavirus, according to a recent poll.
The same survey found that 25 years after a historic court ruling permitting females to apply to the IDF’s Flight Academy, only 43 percent of Israelis believe the Israeli army gives women soldiers equal opportunity — 50 percent of men and 36 percent of women.
Some 46 percent of Jewish Israelis believe the IDF provides religious and secular soldiers equal opportunity for personal development, according to the same poll. The more religious the respondent, the less the IDF is trusted. Only 22 percent of the ultra-Orthodox, but 38 percent of national religious and 48 percent of secular Jews trust the army to give equal opportunities to religious and non-religious Jews.
The survey was conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute.
— Aaron Leibel.
Veteran journalist Aaron Leibel writes for The Jerusalem Post and Washington Jewish week, and he blogs for The Times of Israel. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Figs and Alligators: An American Immigrant’s Life in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s, available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback, Barnes and Noble, and at every local bookstore in the U.S. and Canada.
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