Soldiers on tank 370.
(photo credit: Illustrative photo: Ariel Jerozolimskicourtesy)
For many years now, Israel’s citizens have been expected to serve in the IDF.
This derives from the idea that the country is surrounded by Arabs who want to
destroy it.But, “can we expect young Israelis, when called to the
service of their country, to have the maturity to weigh the issues of
conscientious objection and draft dodging?” asks Prof. David Ranan in A Land to
Die For? Using 37 monologues taped in Hebrew and translated into German and
English, Ranan develops a picture of the patriotism of the country’s youth and
of former soldiers under the age of 30. Since there is a draft for all
18-yearolds in the country, the author has a living database for