Today, the monthly Peace Index revealed that the Israeli public places a higher emphasis on internal peace than peace with the Palestinians. The survey also discussed the public’s satisfaction with the IDF.

Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News

Today (Tuesday), the Peace Index, published every month by the Israeli Democracy Institute and the Tel Aviv University, revealed that the Jewish population still has a high level of trust in the IDF.

However, the Israeli public isn’t giving the IDF unlimited credit in matters unrelated to its performance on the battlefield. Such matters include the attitude toward soldiers and the budgetary conduct, both of which receives the lowest scores. The IDF received a medium score in regard to subject of the equality between men and women.

Vast majority support Haredi recruitment

Vast majority support Haredi recruitment Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News

64% of Israelis and 69% of Jews that participated in the survey support the enlistment of ultra-Orthodox Jews to the IDF. While the vast majority of secular Jews (81%) and traditional Jews (73%) support the recruitment of the ultra-Orthodox Jews, only 19.5% of the ultra-Orthodox population expressed support.

The survey, which included 600 respondents, revealed that the 2 most important issues for securing Israel’s future are reducing the tensions among the different parts of Israeli society and nurturing the education system. Achieving peace with the Palestinians, developing a strong economy and strengthening the IDF were all less important to the public.