Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Middle East Studies
© 2013 Catherine K. Blakelock
Arab-Israelis make up a growing portion of Israel's population. While they are legal citizens of the state of Israel they are not held to the same standards as their Jewish-Israeli counterparts. Jewish-Israelis are mandated to serve in the Israeli Defense Force, while the Arab-Israelis are not. Even without conscription a small number of Arab-Israelis choose to serve every year. This paper examines how individual and community identity play into the decision to join the IDF. The key factor in why Arab-Israelis join the IDF stems from putting the love of country over the love of any other community or identity.
Blakelock, Catherine K., "Arab-Israelis and the Israeli Defense Force" (2013). CMC Senior Theses. 719.