The religious Jews make up the majority of the combat units. The non religous are the majority of the jobnicks. You know the type, the ones that drive their BMW and work in an office and at 5 pm they go home. Next, when the religious Jews live in Israel, because of the torah, and the IDF goes directly against the torah, it is hard for many who even served to want to continue to serve. Example. When for political reasons, a Jewish outpost in Judea and Samaria is destroyed on the sabbath. That is against the torah in two ways. Number one, we have no right to give our land away, number two, it is not sin to serve the army on the Sabbath but only in a security manner. Henceforth, gaurding the boarder from Gaza or Syria is fine, but doing something that can be done on Monday or Sunday instead of the sabbath is not.
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