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August 2, 2016 2:03 pm

Jewish Israelis Want IDF to Embrace Pluralistic Value System, Poll Says

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The IDF logo. a majority of Jewish Israelis believe the IDF should embrace more of a pluralistic value system. Photo: IDF.

The IDF logo. A majority of Jewish Israelis believe the IDF should embrace more of a pluralistic value system. Photo: IDF.

JNS.org – A new study on religiosity and pluralism in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reveals that a majority of Jewish Israelis believe the IDF should embrace more of a pluralistic value system that includes placing military rules above religion, if necessary.

According to the Israel Democracy Institute’s (IDI) “Monthly Peace Index” poll, 72 percent of the respondents said soldiers should obey military orders over a rabbinical ruling should there be a contradiction. Only 12.4 percent said soldiers should obey the rabbinical ruling and the rest were unsure or declined to answer.

Additionally, 69 percent believe the IDF should have a pluralistic value system including accepting “others” such as the LGBT community, while 23 percent did not believe such a system was good.

The majority of respondents across the religious spectrum believed the army should be pluralistic with 81 percent secular, 76 percent nonreligious-traditional, 52 percent religious traditional and 57 percent religious agreeing with that sentiment. However, 29 percent of Haredim respondents that disagreed with the open value system.

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