The military program that refuses to abandon IDF deserters
Some 10,000 soldiers were jailed for going AWOL from the IDF in 2013. The return-to-service program wants to get them back in step with the army.
Most individuals currently serving time in military prisons aren’t criminals, but rather deserters or soldiers classified as “undisciplined.” Only a few percent – between six and seven percent a year – have been convicted for actual crimes. On average, some 22,000 soldiers are sent to military jails every year, 13,000 of whom are sent to prison bases and other...
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