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Poll: More Israelis want professional army, seek draft’s end

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A soldier in Israel's military wearing a face mask in the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 3, 2020.
Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90A soldier in Israel's military wearing a face mask in the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 3, 2020.

The survey was conducted with a sample size of 1,003 Israeli respondents, aged 18 or older

A recent poll managed by the Israel Democracy Institute revealed that a majority of the Jewish Israelis surveyed want the country’s armed forces to professionalize and discard the draft.

In a first for the survey, 47 percent of Jewish Israelis polled reported approval towards ending Israel’s mandatory conscription in favor of a professional military.

The numbers exceeded that of those against ending the draft, where those opposed to stopping Israel’s conscription made up only 42 percent of responses.

“For the first time since the Israel Democracy Institute began surveying this issue in 2017, more respondents support abolishing the mandatory draft and transforming the IDF into a professional army than oppose this idea,” a statement on the research center’s website detailed.

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According to the survey’s findings, the majority of those polled, 80 percent, held a positive opinion of the military’s operational capabilities, rating them “good” or “excellent.”

However, the entity ranked lower on categories of gender equality, with only 43 percent of those polled reporting positively on the military’s approach to the matter.

Additionally, only 31 percent of those polled viewed the army’s financial management positively, and only 25 percent approved of how the military treats its conscripts.

The survey was conducted with a sample size of 1,003 Israeli respondents, aged 18 or older.