Bastions of the Left, Kibbutzim Are on Front Lines of War

Despite all the changes they’ve been through, kibbutzim still account for a high share of combat soldiers and are big champions of mutual aid.

Barely two percent of Israelis live on kibbutzim, but seven of the 53 soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge – more than 13 percent – hail from these close-knit, collective communities that once epitomized the Israeli pioneering spirit.