For many Israelis, the IDF has long been considered the people’s army, a beloved and trusted institution that represents the nation’s Zionist ethos and serves as an expression of Jewish solidarity. Now, in the midst of one of Israel’s most violent periods since the second Intifada, and with significant opposition by thousands of voluntary reservists to the government’s judicial overhaul plans, that trust threatens to dissolve and leave in its wake a security threat. Complicating matters further is a pending bill that would grant Haredi Jews an exemption from military service. Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain explore what this moment means for Israel’s solidarity, its ability to defend itself, and where to begin repairing this fracture.
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