Thursday, July 19, 2007

One in four Israeli men eligible for army service eludes conscription


According to draft figures released this week by the Israel Defense Forces, 25 percent of Jewish Israeli men do not serve in Israel's mandatory military service – a record high. Almost half secure exemptions as yeshiva students. The others are excused due to mental or physical illness, criminal backgrounds or because they are living abroad. The rate of non-service among Jewish women of military age is even higher, 42 percent, largely due to recent cutbacks in clerical roles in the military.

"This is a very grave problem which points to a deep crisis in Israeli society," Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilna'i told Israel Army Radio.

Some security experts speculated that Israel will have no choice but to turn its conscript military into a professional fighting force that enlists troops for long-term careers.

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At 4:00 PM, Blogger Scott Kohlhaas said...

Israeli conscription is the worst in the world--it takes both men and women. It would be so sweet to see it abolished!

Would you be willing to spread the word about It's a site dedicated to shattering the myths surrounding the selective slavery system and building mass civil disobedience to stop the draft before it starts.

Our banner on a website, printing and posting the anti-draft flyer or just telling friends would help.


Scott Kohlhaas

PS. When it comes to conscription, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


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