The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is angry at Bar Refaeli for starring in the Foreign Ministry’s latest hasbara (public relations) campaign because she never served her two mandatory years in the army.
In 2007, Refaeli married a family friend to circumvent the compulsory draft so that she could go on posing in lingerie and swimsuits rather than wearing fatigues and carrying around heavy guns in the hot sun for two years.
The IDF said in a statement to Channel 2 News via The Huffington Post, “The choice of a representative who did not serve in the military as an official presenter on behalf of Israel, conveys the message that we ignore and forgive evasion of enlistment, and encourages identification, among youths of both sexes, with the success of those who did not enlist.”
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