Gracious service?

In a collection of monologues, a writer explores the level of patriotism of the country’s soldiers.

By DAVID GEFFEN
June 20, 2013 13:30
3 minute read.
Most youth are happy to serve their country

Soldiers on tank 370. (photo credit: Illustrative photo: Ariel Jerozolimskicourtesy)

 
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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 research.

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