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    • zionist forever
    • 26.11.10 | 10:41 (IST)

    Israel can't go down the volunteer only army route because of demographics. Israel's total population is around 7 million that includes children, the elderly, the sick non of whom would be eligible for military service and they make up a huge chunk of the population. Then if its volunteer only out of the people who are eligible to serve you have to rely on the people that want to join the military. There are currently around 15,000 individuals who make up the volunteer army. If we dropped the idea of compulsory military service all it would mean is that there would no longer be a reserve force it would not create a bigger volunteer force. There is no reason to think that more people are going to start volunteering to join the military all it means is everybody else has one less legal obligation. What is the point of having all these weapons if you don't have enough soldiers o operate them? Even peace treaties do not gurantee peace because a treaty that could take years to negotiate could be broken in minutes. What happens if the arabs decided they wanted another war and they attacked with superior numbers and today modern weapons. We would only have about 15,000 soldiers to defend a population of millions . If it hadn't been for the reserves Israel would never have won all the wars its had to fight in the past 63 years so an all volunteer army is not an option for Israel.

    from the article: The draft-dodging state of Tel Aviv
    First published 01:10 25.11.10 | Last updated 01:10 25.11.10
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