Homosexuality and the Israel Defense Forces: Did Lifting the Gay Ban Undermine Military Performance?

@article{Belkin2001HomosexualityAT,
  title={Homosexuality and the Israel Defense Forces: Did Lifting the Gay Ban Undermine Military Performance?},
  author={A. Belkin and M. Levitt},
  journal={Armed Forces & Society},
  year={2001},
  volume={27},
  pages={541 - 565}
}
In this article we argue that Israel's 1993 decision to lift its gay ban did not influence military performance. Then we assess three arguments raised by experts who claim that Israeli experiences are not relevant for determining what would happen if the U.S. Congress and Pentagon lifted the American gay ban. In particular, we assess the arguments that most gay Israeli combat soldiers do not disclose their sexuality to peers, that some receive special treatment, and that cultural differences… Expand
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