Gantz: People are tired of being suckers (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 06.10.12, 21:31)
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Addressing army enlistment issue, IDF chief says he detects general
willingness for equal distribution of burden
"People are tired of being suckers," IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
said on Sunday while discussing the issue of IDF enlistment.
Meeting with high school teachers in Jerusalem, Gantz said that the
question of army service is a legitimate and fundamental one. "The
answer is, above anything else, political. We hear the voices, see
the soldiers, understand the importance of service for all.
"It seems to me that people are tired of being suckers and want
everyone to take part. I am convinced that the State will finalize
Asked by reporters about the Harpaz affair, Gantz commented that "we
don´t deal with it, we go forward. I hope I´m setting a good example
on this issue."
The Tal Law, which exempts yeshiva students from army service, is set
to expire in July pursuant to a High Court ruling. The new coalition
will likely spend the remaining days and weeks trying to pass an
alternative bill which will integrate haredim and other minority
groups into the IDF or national civil service.
Education Minister Gideon Sa´ar, who also attended the event,
said "This is the last stretch before we change the law and introduce
more equal distribution of the burden.
"Our goal is to draft an agreement that increases equality while
taking into account the differences between us and aim for all parts
of the population to participate in the fulfillment of our duties to
the state and society." Sa´ar noted that the solution will rely
heavily on national service. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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