RAMALLAH, July 25 (JMCC) - Israel's Chief of General Staff Lt. – Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi is calling for service in either the army, police, fire service or other organizations by all teenagers in Israel
, regardless of religion or ethnicity.
Ashkenazi announced that every 18-year-old who does not take up mandatory service in the IDF will serve in the police, Magen David Adom, the fire service or the organization Zaka through the national service model, Israel Radio reported Sunday.Read
At the IDF induction base speaking to August combat recruits, Ashkenazi called for mandatory service for every Israeli citizen 18-years-old, including Arabs and Haredis whose population continue to grow.
It is unthinkable that a released soldier will meet someone of the same age studying for a master's degree since he did not serve in the IDF, Ashkenazi said.
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