The Lebanon war (June 1982 to June 1985) is the first one in the history of Israel that gave rise to the phenomenon of conscientious objection. Given the particularity of this phenomenon to this war, this article addresses those sociomoral factors that may have contributed to the decision of 36 reserve soldiers to dissociate themselves from their fighting units during the first year of the war. It is suggested that the main factors were the objectives of the war, its moral reality, the aftermath of the soldiers' experience in the occupied territories, the general atmosphere of protest, and the inability in battle to differentiate between terrorists and innocent civilians.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Safety Research