Understanding the Language of Israeli Soldiers (The Atlantic)

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In the Israeli army, words like pumpkin, cherry, and pomegranate mean something beyond commonly eaten fruits. They describe particular military bases and units, and the seemingly agricultural-inspired vernacular of the Israeli army points to a particular attitude Israelis hold towards war.

“While Israelis recognize the necessity of war, they don’t celebrate it…The fact of the country’s mandatory draft means that people are too close to the army to wax romantic about the institution,” writes Matti Friedman in The Atlantic. Read the article here.

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