Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Religion in the IDF: The Struggle over Israeli Public Space

By Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, January 22, 2018

Photo by Yoav Lemmer via Wikimedia Commons
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 720, January 22, 2018
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Recent years have seen a notable increase in kippa-wearers among IDF combat soldiers and commanders. The growing opposition to the presence of kippot, however, is not what drives the struggle against religionization. It is, rather, the fear of losing the military’s character as a national public space that is secular or at least neutral with regard to religion.

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