Part of the myth was that the IDF was the path of new immigrants to "become" Israelis. That seems to be as true as it ever was--it wasn't ,young men and women who were better off ended up in the better positions, and the immigrants from the lower percentiles found themselves in more menial positions. Now the Ethiopians and the Russians are the . . . Perhaps what the writer is not saying is that there is more of an interest in military careers among Dati and Haredi young men for whom being a soldier is a profession, as well as a way of defending their nation. If, in the past "observing Judaism" was not part of the Zahal routine, it is becoming more prevalent, as well as the end of the "buddy system" that tended to cover up the "fashlot". Maybe what this country needs is what it always needed, professional soliders, not citizens soldiers who leave telling tales out of school for the enemies to learn more about our defences than they ought to know.
Israeli woman, 65, stabbed in Bedouin town of Rahat (Haaretz)
from the article: IDF is no longer the people's army