Israel Railways to allow non-military veterans to apply for lookout jobs

In a dramatic U-turn, state-owned Israel Railways announced Thursday that it would allow Israelis who haven't served in the army to apply for lookout jobs. It comes some three weeks after 40 workers who had acted as lookouts at crossings were dismissed due to their lack of military service. In a statement released Thursday, the Israel Railways management said that it had decided to alter the criteria for recruiting crossing inspectors, enabling those who haven't served in the army to apply for the position. "The Israel Railways mismanagement has decided to add some criteria that also meet the requirements fulfilled by performing military service so that even those who have not served in the army can apply for the position," read the statement.