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Wednesday, 18 July 2007

One in four Israeli men dodges the draft

One in four Israeli men eligible for national service last year dodged the draft, the highest proportion in the history of the Jewish state.Figures released yesterday by the Israeli Army showed that in the 2006 intake, just 75 per cent of eligible men joined up. The figures date from before last year's Lebanon war, widely viewed in Israel as a failure, and there are worries that this year's numbers could show an even greater rate of non-participation.

The declining participation rate in a country that since its foundation in 1948 has repeatedly had to use its army to fight for its existence led to strong criticism from officers inside the Israeli army. Telegraph