Being at war continually and growing up in Israel under constant threat has indeed made some Israelis insensitive, more apathetic, weary of the future, dehumanized or stoic of the emotional pain which the army experiences can cause. It is of no choice but of patriotic obligation that Israelis are drafted to the IDF. I always think, would my young boys cope with the demands, both physically and emotionally? How ironic that yesterday while canoeing on vacation in a Canadian lake with my 12 year old son, the topic of being a soldier in the Israeli army and the mostly infrequent incidences of bullying or humiliations within the IDF (which probably still stands as one of the most moral armies in the world) arose as part of our conversation. We yearn for peace in the region because we know to be desensitized or continually live in an atmosphere of learned hatred and war is unfair for each and every generation. Like Gideon Levy, I'm also disturbed by the "feelings" of Aluf Benn with his army experience, but I'm most disturbed by the continuing terror of extremist Palestinians who sabotage a diplomatic resolution to the conflict.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: A response to Pfc. Benn