Maerton - the religious exemption - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 07.11.07 | 02:02 (IST)

    Maerton, I agree. I would also note that the religious exemption as it is in Israel was a product of compromise half a century ago, and made between a very different Israel and an astoundingly different Orthodox population. Israel is simply too small to afford a 100% mercenary army as we have in the US. It must have a draft, and when rich kids go overseas and 'religious' kids discover a need for further religious education as a means of reducing their obligation it has a corrosive effect.

    from the article: IDF: Nearly 28% of Israeli males avoided conscription in 2007
    First published 00:00 06.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 06.11.07
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