JERUSALEM (Feb. 2) - When Eli Kaplan had his initial psychological assessment when being inducted into the Israeli military eight years ago, he wasn't asked about his sexual orientation, but he told the interviewer anyway that he was openly gay. In Israel, it wasn't a problem then nor is it now.
'The army practices an inclusionary policy,' said Yagil Levy, an expert on the army and society and a professor at the Open University. 'It doesn't have any options to exclude any Jewish group that wishes to join.'
Once Kaplan was accepted into the Israeli navy, he faced a further interview to determine his security clearance level. "The interviewer started asking me a lot of questions about whether I had come out to my family and friends," he said. "He basically wanted to know if my being gay was something that could be used to blackmail me. But it really wasn't such a big deal."
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