The Israeli occupation army announced today, Wednesday, its intention to expand military service in the future with the aim of increasing the number of reserve soldiers, Israeli media reports.
Commenting on the announcement, Yisrael Beytenu party head Avigdor Liberman said the publication of the draft conscription law is “a message that divides people and harms soldiers and national security.”
A section of Jewish youth in Israel refuses to do military service, especially in view of the ongoing aggression against the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant previously acknowledged that the growing calls to refuse military service in his country “are a threat to the unity of the ranks, are dangerous, and represent a prize for our enemies,” as he described it. Have done.
According to Israeli regulations, the period of mandatory military service is 32 months for men over the age of 18 and 24 months for women, and anyone who refuses to do so faces up to 200 days of imprisonment, in addition to social pressure. May have to face.
In light of the war on the Gaza Strip, leaders of religious Jews (Haredim) reiterated their opposition to conscription into the occupation army. This group's participation in the army is one of the most sensitive and tense issues in Israeli society, as secularists oppose religious Jews not being drafted and receiving benefits disproportionate to the benefits they provide to Israel.