Israel: Conduct Unbecoming

Conduct Unbecoming

Having defended the Jewish state against hostile neighbors for the past four decades, the Israel Defense Forces enjoy a unique place of honor. Service in the I.D.F. is the ultimate act of patriotism for Israeli citizens, and draft dodging is virtually unthinkable. So when authorities last week announced that senior army officers and I.D.F.-employed physicians had arranged medical exemptions from military duties in exchange for bribes of up to $10,000 and other favors, the shock was considerable.

Eight I.D.F. personnel have been arrested, as well as eight civilians. Files have reportedly been opened on 200 suspects. Ze'ev Schiff, a leading Israeli...

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