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2/3 of IDF recruits from Samaria serve in combat units

West Bank council head says 'educating teens to settle the Land of Israel leads to excellence in the army'

Two out of every three army recruits who hail from the Shomron Regional Council in the West Bank serve in combat units, according to data published by the the IDF's Personnel Directorate.


The data, published Thursday, also reveal that one out of every six enlisted Shomron residents serve as officers.


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According to the IDF, 81.2% of teenagers from the Shomron region enlist in the army after graduation, compared with a national average of 74.8%.


About 67% of enlisted teenagers from the Shomron area serve in combat units (the national average is 39.5%), and more than 16% of them - twice the national average - will become officers.


"I'm proud of the Shomron youths, who are raised on the values of settlement in the Land of Israel and are partners in the daily realization of Zionism," Council Chairman Gershon Mesika said after reviewing the data.


"Educating teens to settle the Land of Israel leads to excellence in the IDF," he said. "This is also our answer to all those who have been inciting and spreading hatred recently."


Major-General Orna Barbivai, head of the IDF's Personnel Directorate, wrote Mesika a letter saying, "These figures should be a source of pride to you and to the rest of the Shomron Council's residents.




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