Bayit Yehudi MK: I don't want an Arab in IDF uniform

May 31, 2013 15:03


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Bayit Yehudi MK Yoni Chetboun is against drafting Israeli Arab citizens into IDF service.

"I am against bringing the Arabs into this story. If I were an ultra-Orthodox Jew, I would be embarrassed to be compared to an Arab," he told Al Monitor in an interview on Thursday.

"I can negotiate and argue with the ultra-Orthodox because they are members of my nation. On that issue I am not embarrassed to say it; regarding the attitude to the army and the state, I have an ideological argument with them," he said. "But I don't have expectations of the Arabs. I don't want an Arab in uniform. His entire worldview is that the IDF is the army that occupies Palestine. That's not appropriate for the army," he continued.

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