Israel's Left, (backed by whom? --follow the money) has been chipping away the general moral and patriotism of the ordinary Israeli citizen. This illness/cancer has expanded to Center in the political spectrum with the acceptance of the "two state solution" and support for a Pseudostinian aka Palestinian sic state in the historic Jewish Homeland. This is based on the fallacy that there is a Palestinian people and that we took their land and country. The truth is that the word/name/label "Palestine" was put on maps when there was no country, national functioning government in this part of the world. The mapmakers were Christians who didn't want to use the Biblical names of Judea and Israel, so they chose to immortalize our ancient enemies the Philistines who haven't existed for thousands of years.
Now the Left is denigrating army service by insisting that those who serve are fri'erim, suckers, fools. This is very dangerous for the health of the State of Israel. It's connected to the spoiled "me" mentality that controls Leftist post-Zionist ideology. It's also connected to the very personal and inaccurate though successful campaign of Noam Shalit to force the government to release over a thousand dangerous convicted Arab terrorists in exchange for his son Gilad, who was an IDF soldier at the time of his capture.
By calling IDF soldiers fri'erim, suckers...
- They're making a mockery of our brothers, husbands, fathers, friend etc who were killed in action.
- They're making a mockery of those idealistic Jews who come to Israel to volunteer in the IDF although no human law requires them to do so.
It's no chidush, revelation or surprise for me to say that their conclusions come from secular G-dless thinking. They don't see their service in the army, regardless of whether it's on the frontlines or in an office to be connected to a great mitzvah, G-d given commandment. My husband and I and many of our friends are immigrants עולים olim from all over the world and all different backgrounds. We consider it a great privilege to be part of the IDF, whether as a soldier or just supporting the soldiers, like myself who was not eligible for the draft.
My neighbors in Shiloh, of all generations, serve in the IDF with great honors in the most difficult and dangerous units. Statistics show that soldiers raised in dati le'umi, national religious homes, especially in Judea and Samaria excel out of proportion to their demographics, just like the kibbutznikim two generations ago.
It is terribly, terribly dangerous for Israeli society when army service is equated with being a sucker. It's even worse when those same people are blaming others for dodging the draft, even though they are doing it, too. The numbers of secular Left finding legal loop holes to be exempted from the draft is growing while the number of religious, even chareidi soldiers is increasing.
25,000 people hold mass rally in Tel Aviv urging government to enact universal draft legislation. 'Equal draft social justice. July 07,2012. The protesters are calling: "One people, one draft" and "Barak, you promised now live up to it." Some activists are waving Israeli flags and holding signs reading "No army no allowance" and "equal draft social justice." Photo by Tali Mayer/flash90
Although the demonstrators are blaming the chareidim (ultra-Orthodox,) they are really thinking of their neighbors' children and family members who have found legal ways of avoiding army service. Of course they won't admit it, but it's the truth. That's why they see themselves as "suckers." It's always easier to blame others.
If we change to a totally "professional," volunteer army, the staff aka soldiers will be reviled as fools. It will be staffed by the same sort that joins the police. The tzfoni Tel Aviv crowd won't let their sons endanger themselves even if the new frontline is a computer screen, because their priority is the "me," not the Nation, not the Jewish People.