To Bob: I agree and disagree. First of all, those Orthodox who will not serve, as like the conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War, but more so. Minimally, they should be FORCED to do some kind of national service (working in hospitals, on farms, in nursing homes, other volunteer type jobs). Americans can participate in aiding Israel temporarily by such jobs, including clerical and other menial jobs on military bases (but important no less). Why should 50,000 men be exempt, just to study bible (Torah)? They can devote time to it while serving...time off so to speak for religous study. These people are nothing but "loafers", habitual gonifs in a way, by cheating the state. But, the settlements were the result of a political decision to expand Israel. Thus, they are entitled to protection..from the army. Israeli-Arabs are also getting away with murder. They receive benefits from Israel, are protected, yet do nothing for Israel's security but bemoan Israel's very creation.
17-year-old Palestinian killed by IDF on Friday laid to rest near Ramallah (Haaretz)
from the article: Half the people are enough