Ah, the woes of a draft dodger!
Israeli Defense Forces is up in arms over the Israeli Foreign Ministry's new PR campaign featuring Bar Refaeli .
Women in the country are supposed to serve the military for two years when they turn 18, and men serve three, but Bar found a loophole and skipped it by marrying a family a friend in 2003 and divorcing him shortly after.
Upon hearing the beautiful supermodel would be making an appearance in the two minute clip, the IDF fired off a letter to the Foreign Ministry, writing:
"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. The IDF has been operating, in the last few years, in a variety of ways, to strengthen the value of IDF service, and to fight the phenomenon of enlistment evasion, in order to preserve the societal value that sees the IDF as the people's army."
Yigal Palmo, a rep for the Foreign Ministry begs to differ, saying Refaeli "does not represent Israel in the video", and only appears as one of the many people and/or things that come from the country.
Bar also isn’t taking the IDF's complain lying down and posted a pic to her Instagram (below) stating:
"You can use the clip for the Foreign Ministry or drop it, but my Instagram feed has more readers than Israel’s most popular newspaper!"
Controversy or not, the Israeli Foreign Ministry still plans to run the ad, which will be uploaded to YouTube hopefully sooner rather than later.
[Image via GQ.]
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