One-third of Israeli youth evade military service over ‘mental health' reasons

Jan 20,2020

It seems that this is the reason which pushes Israeli officials delay the fulfilment of their pledge to carry out new offensive in Gaza.

Leaked report revealed on Sunday that one-third of the Israeli males and 44 per cent of females avoid being drafted into the military, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

The report said that the phenomenon of evading conscription over false reasons has widely spread.

To avoid the mandatory service, Israeli youths rely on a military law that allows recruits to receive an exemption on grounds of medical or health issues.

According to Israeli law, any individual whose health standard is less than 21 points is exempted from the military service.

Some pretend to be suffering from mental disorders to score low grades; an act seen by the Israeli army as extremely dangerous.

Army Personnel Directorate Head Major Gen Moti Almoz dispatched a letter to the mental health officers over the matter, stressing that any exemption over an individual’s mental health should be made on professional and responsible bases.

The newspaper noted that the number of evaders continues to rise. In 2007 it was recorded at 25 per cent and then it rose gradually from 26.9 per cent in 2015 to 30 per cent in 2018, reaching 32.9 per cent last year.

The newspaper also published a confidential report revealing that the 319th military intelligence battalion suffers a huge shortage which makes it incapable of stepping into battles.

There is also a shortage of military vehicles that are used to transfer equipment.

Yediot Ahronoth