(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A newly released survey shows significant improvement in reserve soldiers’ faith in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
The IDF surveys reservists twice a year to gauge issues believed to affect their motivation to perform reserve service. According to the latest poll, published Tuesday by the Behavioral Science Department at the IDF’s Personnel Directorate, 83 percent of reservists believe in the military’s ability to secure a decisive victory should hostilities with Gaza-based terrorist groups resume.
A similar question posed to reservists before the summer 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza had found that 75 percent of them believed in the IDF’s ability to win a conflict decisively. Further, a similar IDF survey after the 2006 Second Lebanon War found that only 48 percent of Israeli reservists believed in their military’s fighting capabilities.
The latest survey also found that 75 percent of reservists have faith in the command skills and decision-making abilities of the IDF’s top military echelon, up from only 28 percent following the Second Lebanon War. Eighty-six percent said they would report for reserve service without hesitation, a 6-percent rise from the survey before the Gaza conflict. Eighty-four percent said they consider reserve service their duty.