Civilian Service for Freeloaders

A majority of Israeli Jews support integration of Arabs into society. But that’s the same majority that continues to view Arabs with suspicion, whether or not they volunteered for national service.

“I’m warning the young men and women who do national service that they are liable to pay a high price in social relationships, including marriage. I have encountered such cases, of young people whose relationships fell apart because one of the partners did national service,” warned MK Jamal Zahalka ‏(Balad‏) at a conference of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee on Saturday.