Perhaps it would save more Palestinian lives because the IDF can’t afford to use as much force as they could before against Palestinians. Or maybe because the IDF is now weaker, it would pressure Israel to come up with a peace solution quicker. Or on the flip side, maybe if the IDF is weaker Hamas would decide it’s time to start a war and a lot of lives from both sides would be lost.
Is this not at the heart of your question?
And in this case, my decision probably has very little impact at all on the world and in turn I am able to take the moral high-ground by saying that my decision hasn’t done any harm to the world
Moral high ground? Which moral high ground is that?
If you believed that service was hurting A or B or even C without cause, and on that basis you refused, then you have moral high ground. But you are not arguing that - you are arguing ‘my singular absence = nothing / ###’. There is no moral high ground in that.
I also know that if I choose to exempt from the military, it’s because I don’t want to spend 3 years of my life doing something that I hate and that would hardly benefit me in the rest of my life.
Would you learn:
- decision making under stress
- problem solving
- physical co-ordination
- other skills
- and possibly make friendships
that could benefit you / help you during the rest of your life?
But back to your original question - people here can't answer that for you. None of us:
- know your true / full reasons for not wanting service, even while understanding that you hate it
- know how you handle criticism, hate, rejection etc. Nor how severe that would be in your society, nor the affect it would have on you.
You need to look inside yourself and work out what is, on the whole, best for you - which includes what part you play in your society, and what part your society plays (and will play) for you.
The main point of my responses to what I quoted, is - find the heart of the matter for you, and just as importantly, be honest with yourself about your reasons.