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        1/20/2012, Tevet 25, 5772

      MK Shai: Soldiers Need a Hug, Not a Cold Shoulder


      Member of Knesset Nachman Shai asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Friday, to use his authority to prevent a new transportation arrangement for soldiers that is supposed to start on Sunday. Under the arrangement, soldiers will be barred from taking crowded trains during the 6:00-9:00 a.m. Sunday rush hour, although the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israel Railways are providing alternate bus transportation.

      In a letter to Netanyahu, the former IDF spokesman wrote, "It is clear beyond any doubt that this is a case of severe harm upon - of all people - "Sunday soldiers", who leave for their bases at the start of the week and return at the earliest at the weekend and, in many cases, do not [return]. You, as a former combat soldier, should understand that there is no saving small sums at the expense of soldiers and cause them to lose time and convenience. It's the least that can be done for them. The minority that serve in the IDF and the smaller group of combat soldiers need a reassuring hug and not a cold shoulder to the Israeli government under your leadership."