Israel is firmly in the hands of the religious? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smith
    • 15.09.10 | 11:40 (IST)

    JJ Gross you overlooked the fact that the overwhelming majority of combat soldiers are secular. 85% or more are secular. Their commanders are religious. It also means that the overwhelming majority of reserve combat soldiers are secular. So put out any ideas of a putsch, sir. We out gun and out number you. Also I am from Herzeliya. I served in a combat unit. Soome of my friends served in elite units. It's true many mercaz kids don't go to combat but you know what? 30% of the entire army is combat. The rest support them. An army that was 100% comabat soldiers wouldn't go anywhere. Who would feed them? Who would give us ammunition and intelligence? Also using these statistics it means that religious soldiers make up about 35% of combat soldiers, which is much higher than average given that they only make up 13% of all troops. Nonetheless, it means that 65% of combat troops come from secular families, which is the overwhelming majority. Finally, don't believe your own propaganda. Religious people are still a minority here. Just because polls and surveys identify people who say they believe but don't actually observe any of the halakah or just keep kosher but drive on shabbat doesn't make them religious. That makes them secular. According to the broad definition of religious used in these surveys I am religious! And I promise you, just because I light candels and avoid meat and dairy I'm not religious. I am hiloni. I am Israeli. Now stop threatening to take our beatiful country and its less than perfect democracy.

    from the article: Sharp rise in number of religious IDF officers
    First published 01:23 15.09.10 | Last updated 01:23 15.09.10
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