This is sheer stupidity - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jon
    • 14.12.09 | 00:08 (IST)

    While I'm all for such a move in principle, all this will do is create a rift between the RL camp and the rest of Israel - and the rest of Israel is increasingly depending upon them to fill the ranks of elite combat units, and combat units in general. Additionally, a double standard is at work here: professors at TAU and HU have been advocating insubordination (and sometimes the dissolution of the state altogether!) and Army Radio has broadcast sentiments like these since day one, and yet no one has said a word about it. If Barak was actually trying to deal with the problem, instead of just convincing the rest of Israel that he's taking a stand, he would have specifically twisted their arm in private, and avoided a public confrontation. This will have plenty of long-term consequences, though of course, most Israelis seem quite content to amputate the arm that protects them, so if that's what the public wants...

    from the article: Barak orders IDF to cut ties with far-right yeshiva
    First published 00:00 13.12.09 | Last updated 23:38 13.12.09
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