Ashkenazi: Those who don't serve should be ashamed

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 6, 2011 23:59

Chief of staff tells parents of newly drafted soldiers that "haredim can also join the military, and they must be made to do so."




IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi speaks publicly for the first time on Wednesday.

Ashkenazi 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said Thursday that ultra-Orthodox Jews should be drafted into the army.

Speaking in Holon, Ashkenazi told parents of newly drafted soldiers that "those who do not serve must be made to feel ashamed."

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He said, "Haredim can also join [the military], and they must be made to do so."

Ashkenazi also referred to the "Iron Dome" defense system and stressed that it will be operational soon. "We will apply it in the right place according to our considerations."

"It is an example of amazing technology but it is an illusion to assume that it will provide absolute security. Eventually we will have to hit even those who fire the missiles, like we did during Operation Cast Lead," Ashkenazi said.


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