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Government committee to consider reforming IDF draft, broadening national service

19 9 27

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Benny Gantz have formed a committee to consider reforms to Israel’s military and national service drafts, and potentially expanding the national service requirement into a mandatory program, their offices said Wednesday.

Gantz has repeatedly called for national service reform, saying that without such an effort, the country would be forced to end the draft and change the Israel Defense Forces into a volunteer, professional army.

The committee will “consider adjustments to IDF service and national and civil service, building a new, broad and updated framework, which addresses the needs of national security, the economy, and Israeli society, for the diverse groups in its population, which will have broad national appeal,” according to a joint statement from the Prime Minister’s Office and Defense Ministry.

According to the statement, the commission will be led by Cabinet Secretary Shalom Shlomo and Gantz’s chief of staff, Maayan Yisraeli, and will include representatives from the Justice, Finance, Economy, Social Equality, and Defense Ministries, as well as the Prime Minister’s Office, IDF, and National Service Authority.

The committee was formed in accordance with a cabinet decision that was passed in August.

Gantz and the director-general of his ministry, Amir Eshel, have both come out in favor of a universal national........

© The Times of Israel

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