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The Myth of Battlefield Camaraderie That Hides the Ugly Truth

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30.11.2021

Without overgeneralizing, it’s fair to say that the top priority of voters in the Western world is their own welfare. They wish to know what services the state will provide in exchange for their taxes, and they seek proper administration and transparency.

Dealing with changes in the labor market, immigration, border security and law and order are attendant to the economic issue, and dictate the oscillation between conservative governments and social-democratic ones.

Yet here, in “a land beset by enemies,” everyone gripes about the cost of living, the labor market, wage gaps and the housing market, yet time and time again vote on one solitary issue: Security.

Existential dread drives most of Israel’s citizenry and the people’s army is the apple of their eye. I won’t discuss here how warped that is and how much the sanctified status of the military enables the perpetuation of the broken structures of Israeli society – but the surprising increase to soldiers’ pay, effective January........

© Haaretz


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