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

June 1, 2004

Armed Forces and Society, vol. 27, no. 4, 2001

This study, which was published in a leading military studies journal, argues that Israel’s 1993 decision to lift its gay ban did not influence military performance. Then, the study assesses 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.