Israel Defense Forces: The Moral Army?

Despite real efforts to protect lives, the Israeli military’s actions in Gaza seem to violate secular and Jewish ethical principles.

You probably know Israel’s army as the Israel Defense Forces, but the IDF has a more controversial name for itself: the “moral army.” For those unused to this rhetoric, hearing it at a time when Israel is engaged in cross-border fighting can spark everything from confusion to outrage – especially in the midst of horrifying reports of civilian casualties in Gaza from Operation Protective Edge.