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Seventy percent of Jewish Israeli teens identify as Zionist

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March 25, 2014 | 12:51 pm

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Approximately 70 percent of Jewish Israeli youth consider themselves Zionists, according to a survey released by the Zionist Council in Israel.

The findings were presented at the 33rd National Youth Zionist Congress this week in Gush Etzion, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The survey of 501 Hebrew-speaking teens conducted via an Internet questionnaire found that 76 percent intend to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces, and 14 percent plan to do national service instead.

Eighty-five percent of the youth said they would not agree to divide Jerusalem, even if it meant achieving true peace with the Palestinians.

The survey also found that one out of every 10 youth — and one out of every four secular respondents — would like to live abroad.

The findings indicated that 92 percent of boys read from the Torah on their bar mitzvahs, 87 percent have Shabbat meals with their families, 67 percent say Kiddush for Shabbat and 60 percent  eat or try to eat at kosher restaurants.

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