Bar Refaeli doesn't regret draft-dodging

"Why is it good to die for one's country, isn't it better to live in NY?" says DiCaprio's girlfriend.

October 2, 2007 17:23
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After a visit with her boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio resulted in a scuffle with journalists, model Bar Refaeli says she will no longer bring her famous friends to Israel. In comments published Tuesday, Refaeli had few kind words for her native country, saying she has no regrets about dodging mandatory military service and announcing she is moving to Los Angeles. "I don't regret not having been drafted into the army, because I made out big," Refaeli, 22, told the Yediot Ahronot daily. "Why is it good to die for one's country," she asked rhetorically. "Isn't it better to live in New York?" The newspaper said the full interview would be published Wednesday. While military service has historically been a rite of passage in Israel, a growing number of youths, including several prominent celebrities, have figured out ways to avoid it. Refaeli is reportedly in Israel for a photo shoot to appear in next year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. The Israeli media have closely followed Refaeli and DiCaprio with a hint of pride that a local girl snagged an A-list Hollywood beau. Earlier this year the couple created a media storm when she brought DiCaprio to Israel. After eluding journalists for days, the pair was met by a group of waiting photographers when they toured Jerusalem. Their bodyguards scuffled with photographers, punching some and damaging equipment. "I won't bring anyone famous to Israel because there is a chutzpah here that you won't see anywhere else," Refaeli said.

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