After 86 draftees refused to join the Armored Corps, their relatives are now speaking in their defense. “I told him not to back down,” said one of the parents. The bereaved father of an Armored Corps soldier: “It pains me to hear this.”


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A day after the massive refusal of 86 out of the 200 new draftees for the IDF’s Armored Corps, the parents of the draftees continue to back their kids’ controversial decision. Shlomo Avraham, the father of one of the draftees, said in an interview this morning (Wednesday) to the Army Radio: “I told him (his son) not to back down even if he spends 70 days in prison.”

Avraham went on and said: “Soldiers in the Armored Corps are miserable. They’re always black and dirty. Their weekends when they can go home are irregular. They eat crap and are neglected. I think the army needs to change its recruiting system. Why butt heads with the new draftees? My son wants to be in the Border Police, to be a combat soldier. This army is disappointing. This is not the way to run things. They (the army) need to wake up.”


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Several minutes later, Avi Grabovsky, the father of Sergeant Major Ido Garbovsky who fell in the Battle of Wadi Saluki in the 2006 Lebanon War, came on the radio to criticize the refusing draftees and their parents who encourage them: “When I heard the previous father on air earlier, it really pained me. The Armored Corps today isn’t what it used to be. Today it’s a much more advanced corps both technologically and by human quality.”

Grabovsky explained that he’s been accompanying the battalion of his son for 9 years now and spoke of the high level of motivation and professionalism he witnessed: “I know that the image of the Armored Corps today is a lot stronger then what it used to be. This could be a case of a small number of soldiers who lost their way. There always were draftees refusing to join but today it’s a much more unified corps. Serving in the Armored Corps is an indescribable experience. I was also in the corps back when we had much worse tanks and a harder time operating.”