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  Elul 3, 5767 , 17/08/07

'Periphery' Municipalities Won't Employ Draft Dodgers

Local government leaders from the areas referred to as the "periphery" are joining the growing campaign against draft-dodging. The term "periphery" refers to towns and councils that are not located in central Israel and are considered relatively weak socio-economically.

Shlomo Buchbout, Mayor of Ma'alot-Tarshicha, and Beersheva Deputy Mayor Rubik Danilovich, who head the "periphery" municipalities' forum, sent a letter to Maj.-Gen. Elazar Stern, Head of the Human Resources Branch in the IDF, announcing that their municipalities will not employ draft dodgers.

The mayors want to cooperate with the IDF on the creation of an educational program against draft evasion among their towns' youths. According to their plan, the IDF will appoint officers to work with each local government council on motivating pre-enlistment age youths, and there will be an annual "IDF Day" in which every local council will host an IDF corps.

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