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OC Manpower Maj.-Gen. Elazar Stern hinted Wednesday morning that the level of volunteering in the IDF has come to be defined by sector.
"I see the homes where I go to pay condolence calls," Stern said in an interview with Army Radio, "I go much more often to kibbutzim and almost never to Tel Aviv.
"Russian and Ethiopian immigrants' [contributions] should also be noted - their numbers among the bereaved families are much higher," he said.
Stern added that the IDF was weighing whether to release statistics on the breakdown of volunteer units according to schools.
"There could be data that we haven't released until now, statistics about schools and combat units. Maybe we should make them public now. There are things the public doesn't know that we do - [such as] which schools produce combat soldiers and which [produce] officers."
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai responded to Stern's comments, saying that the data did not represent reality.
"Tel Aviv residents represent less than five percent of the residents of Israel," he said. "I don't know what the situation is in Rishon Lezion, in Beersheba, or any other city, but if there were no fatalities from Beersheba in the war, does that mean that there were no soldiers from Beersheba? Don't measure the data about enlistment based on fatalities."
"I feel the same responsibility, the same commitment in Tel Aviv, the same enthusiasm that I feel elsewhere," he affirmed.