posted on Jul, 12 2012 @ 11:51 PM
Whether a person likes it or not there is a reason as to why religious fundamentalism has been growing the past several decades. In the United States
we have witnessed the rise of the Christian Right through Evangelicalism. A large sect of Islam has become radicalized in doctrine and even some in
action. Now we have the rise of militant Zionism which has breathed into the Israeli Defense Force. I cannot yet figure out why fundamentalism is on
the rise at the same time Irreligious beliefs are also on the rise; yet, perhaps that is one of the causes.
Regardless of the why we must at this point address when, where, and how it is going to be applied. In the case of militant Zionism, the IDF
will definitely have an invested interest in suppressing these rising views if it seeks more peaceful, diplomatic efforts or it will fan the flames if
it desires more expansion of territory. Admittedly, much of this religious growth in the IDF could be translated as a reaction against perceived (real
or imagined) threats to their safety by the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, and Hezbollah.
What is most striking however, and should be heavily considered, is the fact that if these militant Zionists compose a large section of the IDF and
the IDF is a mandatory service in Israel, this means it encompasses a large section of the entire Israeli youth. We could look at the IDF and say
"well, this is perhaps bad, but it is just in the military", but that would be wrong for this means if 33% of the IDF is militant, than at least 25%
or more of the youth are militant.