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  12/27/2011, Tevet 1, 5772

Gantz: Listening to Women Not Always Mandatory


Chief of Staff Benny Gantz of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said, Tuesday, "Every single formal event of one unit or another, which does not belong to leisure time, it is the duty of everyone to participate. At the same time, according to the joint service commands, at cultural events the soldiers do not have to participate." Referring to the walkout of certain religious male soldiers from vocal performances by female soldiers, the lieutenant-general said, "Any female soldier can sing anywhere in the IDF," and "will serve everywhere they should be and can deal with operational realities." He was interviewed by IDF Radio during its annual Shirutrom fundraiser.

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