Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (28 September 2017, 8 Tishrei, 5778)
How can Israel afford the draft for all of its citizens?
Israelis pay very high taxes.Â
Â Every piece of food one eats costs twice as much because of Value Added Tax (VAT) whose cumulative effects add ca. 100% to the price.
Â The same applies along the line especially in housing where about 60% of the price goes to government authorities.
Â Part of the all the money thus acquired, mainly from poor people, goes to the IDF.
Â The IDF needs to conscript more women and men than it actually needs.
Â The reasons are complex but include Ideology and the idea of remaking the Jewish People in another image.
Â I could say more but for unclear reasons Quora Moderation tends to close my answer down every time I do so.
Â It may well do so this time as well, or shut me out altogether.