In recordings aired by the Kan public broadcaster on Monday, the fourth candidate on the centrist Blue and White party’s slate, former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, said military draft exemptions for charedim should be like those for athletes, only the very best of whom do not have to serve in the IDF.
“We have a model in which outstanding athletes are given exemptions and everyone else owes service,” Ashkenazi said in remarks delivered to a conference on equality in public service in Israeli society. “Everyone else will go to the induction center.”
He added, “I think this is dangerous for Israeli society — a reality in which a small number of young people serve the country as opposed to a growing public that does not serve.”
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