MK Shmuli asks to remain in combat unit

Labor MK fights IDF regulation which forbids ministers, MKs and mayors from serving in combat units.

April 17, 2013 06:10
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Labor MK Itzik Shmuli

Labor MK Itzik Shmuli 370. (photo credit: Knesset)

Labor MK Itzik Shmuli wrote the IDF a letter this week appealing its decision to prevent him from doing reserve duty during his time in the Knesset.

IDF regulations forbid ministers, MKs and mayors from serving in combat units.

Shmuli, 33, received a letter from the IDF informing him that he would not be drafted to his unit while he is an MK, but that he could serve in a noncombat unit on the home front.

Shmuli appealed the decision.

Other MKs have also done this in the past, such as Labor MK Eitan Cabel who has continued serving in a combat unit while in the Knesset.

“Some 15 years ago, you trained me to serve as a soldier in the Armored Corps and educated me in the values of comradeship and self-sacrifice in defense of the homeland,” Shmuli wrote in a letter first revealed by Yediot Aharonot.

“Since then, I have made an effort to work according to those values in normal times and during emergencies during my initial service and my reserve duty.

You taught me that you don’t leave a team, so I urge you to reconsider your decision.”

Shmuli expressed confidence that the IDF would grant his request.

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