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    • zionist forever
    • 21.08.13 | 09:49 (IDT)

    Most people go into the army as soon as school is over, so unlike in other countries where people go from school to university experience a wide variety of things, dabble with socialism, get involved in all sorts of rights groups and all the various other things students traditionally get involved in which for a time at least affects how they feel about various issues. in Israel its school - army - university so its natural people are moulded by their time in the army. If people left school and they were obligated to spend 3 years driving busses then the bus company would become this respected institution and public transport would become an area thats helps to mould us. Its not a crime its one of the things that happens in most countries where they still have national service and Israel doesn't have a big enough population to rely on an all volunteer army. The army is a respected institution and there are perks given to people who have completed military service because its felt have done their bit for the country and entitled to a bonus. Arabs are allowed to serve in the army if they choose so the fact they are not obligated to serve is not discriminating because if they want to do their bit they are eligible for these perks. its only fair if everybody is LEGLLY allowed to serve in the army then those that do have made a contribution so they should be entitled to the perks which those who have sat at home whilst others dedicate 3 years of their life to military service get. There is also not the slightest bit of comparison between the Egyptian military institution and the IDF and its affect on society.

    from the article: Like in Egypt, Israel's army takes on powers it shouldn't have
    First published 04:46 21.08.13 | Last updated 04:46 21.08.13
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