TEL AVIV — Ninety-five per cent of Israeli 17-year-olds would join the army in the absence of a compulsory draft, an Israeli army researcher said Friday.
Shlomo Dover said his new poll showed "the rooted feeling in youth about the necessity of serving in the military in order to protect the country."
Israeli men serve a minimum of three years in the military from age 18 and on annual reserve duty until age 55. Women are drafted for two years at age 18.
Pollster Mina Tzemach said Israeli youth between the ages of 15 and 18 increasingly sympathize with right-wing causes.