Israelis want IDF to embrace pluralistic values system, poll says

( A new study on religiosity and pluralism in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reveals that a majority of Jewish Israelis believe the IDF should embrace more of a pluralistic values system that includes placing military rules above religion, if necessary.

The badge of the Israel Defense Forces. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

According to the Israel Democracy Institute's (IDI) "Monthly Peace Index" poll, 72 percent of the respondents said soldiers should obey military orders over a rabbinical ruling should there be a contradiction. Only 12.4 percent said soldiers should obey the rabbinical ruling and the rest were unsure or declined to answer.

Additionally, 69 percent believe the IDF should have a pluralistic value system including accepting "others" such as the LGBT community, while 23 percent did not believe such a system was good.

The majority of respondents across the religious spectrum believed the army should be pluralistic with 81 percent secular, 76 percent nonreligious-traditional, 52 percent religious traditional and 57 percent religious agreeing with that sentiment. However, 29 percent of Haredim respondents that disagreed with the open value system.

Posted on August 2, 2016 .