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President Reuven Rivlin

President Reuven Rivlin urged the Arab citizens of Israel on Sunday to enlist for National Service, a civilian arm that recruits young adults for a year or more service to the country, instead of doing military service.

Many of Israel’s observant Jewish girls volunteer for National Service, and according to director-general Sar-Shalom Jerbi, some 4,500 Israeli Arab citizens are also participating in the program.

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National Service volunteers are found in nearly every agency, school, and hospital throughout the country. They act as tutors, counselors, mentors and assistants in any place they are needed. During times of high tension in particular, their presence is especially important.

There are precious few volunteers that speak Arabic fluently, who can provide qualified assistance in schools and clinics in the Israeli Arab sector; an increase in National Service volunteers for this sector would be invaluable.

But Rivlin would like to see those numbers increase, and this weekend urged the country’s Israeli Arab population to allow its young high school graduates to sign up, despite political disagreements.

The president said at a ceremony in the presidential residence in Jerusalem held to recognize outstanding national service volunteers, “We are one society, and we all live in one country; we are mutually responsible for one another.”

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel is also responsible for the program. At the ceremony he underlined the importance of those serving in National Service, saying their contribution is no less than that of the soldiers serving in the IDF and other security forces.

Those who serve in National Service are deemed eligible for most of the benefits granted to veterans of the military upon completion of their service.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

3 COMMENTS

  1. This is the proof that stupidos at the left want to erase Israel, their own country. This idiot senile enrgumen alied to Shameon Peres are on the road to "Homes" where they can in full liberty scream their heart out until they get a heart attack and then good riddance, them and all leftists that Isrel has nothing to do with.

  2. Imagine tomorrow, just 10,000 moslems from Judea and Samaria take this stupid senile at his word and you cannot refuse their applications: you would have 10,000 armed terrorists legally soldiers of Israel. Has he gone nuts? He is the president of whom. Israel or the PA

  3. i dont know what country enlists its sworn enemies to fight side by side with them so they can murder their own troops and children. its totally insane. his head is so far stuck up his ass, he will never ever see the light. might as well just kill us all and give the whole country away to whoever wants it. there are just too many hiloneem, erev rav, reformed secular self hating jews that run the country who dont want the real jews to have anything but more concentration camps. if we have to leave eretz israel because these fools give it away, thats exactly what will happen. why do all the wrong people run this country and why do we have to suffer them?

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