Defense Minister Liberman: Shortening mandatory service to 30 months is ‘a mistake’

Six months into his role as Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman stated on Tuesday that he would work to cancel the shortening of compulsory military service for men, extending it once again to three years.

A plan to reduce the military service of male soldiers by two months, from 32 to 30, was approved earlier in December by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. If the bill becomes law, it will go into effect in July 2020, but according to Liberman, shortening mandatory service to two and a half years is “a mistake.”


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