All this outrage about religious draft dodgers is hypocritical. It's the religious fanatics who go out in the West Bank and steal land, terrorize Palestinians, destroy olive trees, etc. When this happens the Israeli state can cluck their tongues without actually doing anything to stop them (see all the IDF guys hanging around in the background while Tel Rumeida settlers go on their latest rampage in any video); in the meantime, "illegal" settlements mysteriously get electricity, water, etc. and become "legal." Meanwhile the Palestinians get so pissed off that some become terrorists; when this happens the state can use terror to retroactively justify the whole land theft on security grounds. When some piece of land is more trouble than it's worth, Israel can "disengage" while counting on the settlers to throw a huge fit; Israel then says "obviously withdrawl is so painful we can't do any more." A neat little system. Don't hate the settlers; they deserve medals, or at least Oscars.
UN to hold off on separate Afghan bombing probe for now (Reuters)
from the article: Draft deferrals for yeshiva students surpass 50,000 mark in 2006