Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Take A Look at Those Figures

Haaretz is horrified:

Thirteen percent of all combat company commanders on active service in the IDF come from settlements, army weekly Bamahane reported Tuesday, a five-fold over-representation based on their proportion in the general population of Israel.

The company commanders living in settlements communities and serving in the infantry arm of the military also outnumber company commanders living in kibbutzim and moshavim. The record-holder among settlements for numbers of commanders is Eli, in Samaria, where the first pre-military religious academy was established.

Commanders from the settlements communities are heavily represented in the Golani brigades, where 20 percent of company commanders live over the Green Line; only 11 percent come from kibbutzim and moshavim. The ratio is more balanced in the Nahal brigade, where 22 percent of company commanders come from moshavim, 15 percent from kibbutzim, and 19 percent from the settlements communities...Bamahane also reported that while 60 percent of company commanders come from cities, only three of them hail from Tel Aviv...

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