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  7/5/2012, Tammuz 15, 5772

Yisrael Sheli: Not Taking Part in Saturday Night Demo


The Yisrael Sheli (My Israel) movement made it clear, Thursday, that it would not take part in Saturday night's demonstration on behalf of national service for all, despite reports to the contrary. In a posting on the movement's Facebook page, Yisrael Sheli said national service is of unequalled importance, that those who fulfill it are not "suckers", and that it is an obligation that is also a privilege.

At the same time, the movement opposed personal sanctions, saying fines could be abused, and feels the integration of all sectors of the society should be a gradual process (to allow the establishment of mechanisms for civilian service) with incentives. The incentives include significant benefits that could be available only to those who serve. They would include preferential treatment in mortgages, tax credits, tuition and subsidized daycare.