Gaza conflict raises teens’ motivation to serve in IDF

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IDF Nahal Brigade soldiers. Credit: Dor Pozner via Wikimedia Commons.

IDF Nahal Brigade soldiers. Credit: Dor Pozner via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Some 61 percent of Israelis aged 17-18 say that Operation Protective Edge has increased their motivation to serve in the Israel Defense Forces, according to a joint survey by the EduAction Forum and the Geocartography Knowledge Group.

Only 9 percent of the teens polled said the current conflict against terrorist groups in Gaza has made them less motivated for army service. Nearly half (49 percent) of those polled said they believe combat roles contribute the most to the country’s security.

Additionally, 49 percent agreed with the statement attributed to early Zionist war hero Josef Trumpeldor at Tel Hai, “It’s good to die for your country.”

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