Is It Time for the IDF to Stop Hugging Its Teddy?

The ubiquitous puffy winter jacket that once personified Israeli equality has become an anachronism.

“Where have all the heavy winter jackets gone?” nine soldiers stationed on the Golan Heights wrote in an open letter to the Hebrew daily Maariv in 1974. At the time newspapers were reporting daily on the serious dearth of this item, popularly known in Hebrew as a dubon, which also means “teddy bear.”