‘Exempted soldiers in the ’new sensitivity military’: Publicopinion among jewish israelis concerning selectiveconscientious objection (military refusal) and the military recruitment model

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Abstract

In recent decades (the ‗post-heroic’ condition) - threats of widespread selective conscientious objection have become a political tool to advance opposing political agendas in Israel. This article examines attitudes amongst the Israeli public concerning the legitimacy of demands that different groups of soldiers be exempted from military operations to which they are ideologically opposed (such as serving in the occupied territories or, conversely, participating in evacuation of settlements). The results point to a multi-cultural model embracing diversity management not as a neo-liberal ideal but rather as a strategy for co-option, containment and inclusion, with a view to preserving the “people’s army” model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-110
Number of pages19
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Conscientious objection
  • Diversity management
  • Exempted soldiers
  • IDF
  • Israel
  • Multi-culturalism

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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