Military and Civilian Service

The desire to have ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and Arab young men enter the work force must not be confused with the principle of having the burden of defending the country shared by all. Entering the work force is beneficial for those who do so and for the country as a whole, but it is not a substitute for military service.

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Civilian national service is not the same as military service. Not only does civilian service not expose those called up to the same dangers and the same...