"In the IDF, there is a place for everyone to serve"

Chief of Staff: Military service is essential to the State of Israel, there is no possible alternative

Date: 22/02/2012, 5:24 PM     Author: Jonatan Urich

On Wednesday (February 22), Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz talked about the importance of military service and the IDF (Zahal)’s ability to absorb into its ranks people from all sectors of Israeli society.

“The challenges in the Middle East have changed, but what cannot change is our commitment to ourselves and our work,” Lt. Gen. Gantz said. “Every generation has its turn and we have to take ours.”

“Military service is essential to the State of Israel and there is no possible alternative,” Lt. Gen. Gantz noted.

“Part of our national values is that a person should give back to the society in which he or she lives,” Lt. Gen. Gantz continued.

“In the army, there is a place for everyone to serve,” Lt. Gen. Gantz said, referring to women and the ultra-Orthodox.