Ashkenazi: Greatest challenge is maintaining military power

June 20, 2012 12:05

Former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi said that Israel's main challenge in the coming future is maintaining its military power through the economic and social challenges facing the country.

Likewise, Ashkenazi spoke about the Tal law, saying he does not believe everyone should serve in the IDF but that the army should choose who it wants to draft. "Everyone should go to a virtual intake base and the IDF should have a right of first refusal," adding that those not drafted should serve in the ambulance or police services, including the Arab public.

"I don't see why someone can be a doctor or pharmacist but cannot volunteer with Magen David Adom," Ashkenzi said of the Israeli Arab public.

Addressing the Iranian threat, the former chief of staff said the best strategy is to do everything we can to slow down or stop the Iranian nuclear program before the threshold of war is reached. Doing so, he continued, should include "painful sanctions and credible threats of military action."

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