Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online)

Obligations versus Rights: The Views of Arab Teachers in Israel Regarding Serving in the Israel Defense Forces or Volunteering in the National-Civic Service
Dr. Eisam Asaqli

Abstract
The study showed six main findings. First finding showed that the majority of interviewees see themselves as Israelis, yet in parallel view the Palestinians as their brothers. Second finding revealed that the majority of interviewees did not agree with compulsory military service but do not reject serving in the IDF or volunteering to do national service if one chooses to do so. Our third hypothesis was that not the draft itself would produce changes in the relationships between the societies, but that a change in government policy towards the Arab sector. Fourth finding showed that the Arab public believes that the rights are universal and not contingent on the fulfillment of obligations. The fifth hypothesis stressed that there is no agreement regarding the social implications that may follow the drafting of the young men. The final finding showed that Arab schools do not hold discussions about compulsory military service on their own initiative.

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