Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Major-General Benny Gantz feels in the coming decade, the government must work towards implementing a system in which everyone is compelled to take part in a compulsory service, whether in the form of military service of another arrangement – but no one can be exempt from serving the country in one form or another. The deputy commander made his comments before a forum at Tel Aviv University, insisting no one should be exonerated from serving the country.
He admitted he was addressing a highly sensitive matter, stating “I am trying to walk between the rain drops”, avoiding mention of the chareidi community by name.
He feels the IDF must remain the highest priority regarding a form of national service, expressing that today, a small few carry the burden of reserve duty and this is unacceptable. He feels reservists mustn’t be used in administrative positions, but in combat slots, and that they must receive adequate compensation and satisfactory conditions towards doing everything to acknowledge their commitment and service.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)