50% Israeli conscripts refuse to serve
Israeli soldiers (File photo)
Israeli military officials have announced that about 50 percent of the Israeli conscripts refuse to serve in the army, a report says.
The announcement was made during a visit by a group of Israeli Knesset (parliament) members to a conscription center, Israeli Channel 2 reported on Sunday.
The Israeli military speculates that the percentage of refusals in the army would reach 60 by the end of 2020.
This is not the first time that the Israeli military is facing refusals to serve in the army.
In 2003, there was also an increase in the number of high-profile refusals in the Israel army.
The first instance of an Israeli soldier refusing to serve in the army was in 1954, when Amnon Zichroni asked to be released from military service.
Over the past few months, there have also been cases of Israeli troops abandoning their posts and complaining to their superiors about their harsh working conditions.
In July, four female Israeli soldiers quit their posts due to unbearable working conditions they faced in the army.