One of the other aspects of Zahal like more common that any issues that deal with Halacha is Careerism. Some soldiers, usually more of the Secularist ones, will anything that advances their climb up the ladder of "success". That often means round the corners, playing iwth the rules, and neglecting the "little details" that might complicate a task so that they "get their first". I recall reading a item in the paper where a commander had to wait for the vehiclce to take his charges back to the base--he told them to hitchhike, so they might be "all there on time". One Religious soldier, who didn't know any better said that the rules, these days forbid hitchhinking. He remained, and complained. Is that the kind of Haredi Mr. Hersh dislikes?! Yes, the commander was court marialed and lost his rank. Does cohesion mean every smokes cigarettes of Shabbat, or watch television, or listen to female singers, or all the other issues that relate to personal matters of taste? How many times do soldiers at bases "close to home" goldbrick, leave the base without passes, and other "activities" that bring soldiers together. Get serious Mr. Hersh, the fact is some commanders would like to have more Haredim in the Army, Benyishim, as they are called do the work they are supposed to do and very well, thank you very much!
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from the article: Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the IDF would be a disaster for Israel