The reserve soldiers who organized the movement to refuse to serve in the territories now plan to reverse the policy they adopted from the start of the campaign and go to the foreign press with their story.
So far, the refuseniks have turned down requests for interviews from the foreign press, choosing to keep the debate over the issue part of the domestic discourse. The change in policy, which has yet to be brought to the wider group - now numbering 333 reservists as of last night - is the result of their disappointment in the way in which the debate has taken place inside Israel.
"The public debate in Israel is stuck on the issue of the legitimacy of refusing service and is not dealing with the reasons why the officers and soldiers have decided not to go to this war," said Amit Mashiah, the group's spokesman. "Nonetheless, we know that going to the foreign press is a honey trap, with them expecting us to provide them with anti-Israel statements; and that's not what they will get. If we do indeed go in that direction, we'll speak out of love for the country and in the framework of what we believe is the doomsday protest."
Yesterday, reserve Lieutenant Itai Habib was sentenced to 21 days in detention for refusing to obey orders to serve in the territories. After a week during which Habib was confined to a base inside the Green line, the army rejected his request to be brought before a military court; instead, he was tried in a disciplinary hearing.
In another development, film-maker Doron Tzabari, who signed the letter as an Education Corps reservist, has turned down a request from the corps to make a movie about Jewish historical and archaeological links to Judea and Samaria.
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