Israeli army uses PIs to track suspected draft dodgers

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli army is hiring investigators to spy on women suspected of dodging the draft by claiming religious exemptions.

The army says the program began last year and has caught more than 500 young women.

Claiming religious devotion has long been an easy route out of service. While the army says men also try to evade the draft, nearly 40% of woman claim religious modesty as grounds for exemption from male-dominated military life.

The army's campaign became public this month when grainy footage was leaked to Israeli media showing a young woman in a tight shirt appearing to kiss a young man. The couple was later seen getting on an elevator together, all on the Jewish Sabbath.

While the woman could not be identified from the footage, investigators say the woman had claimed religious exemptions but entered the army after being presented with the evidence.

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