Before I travel into the office, I flick through the daily papers every morning and treat myself to an espresso. Recently, a report on a front page caught my eye and astonished me to the extent that I needed another espresso: “Every third conscript is not actually drafted!” An army spokesman was being quoted. Thirty-three percent of young adults (and among women actually 44 percent) are rejected for military service, for a wide variety of reasons. Some are exempt for practicing Orthodox Judaism (16 percent), some are deemed unfit psychologically (8.3), other are rejected for having a criminal record (3.8),…
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