Bar Rafaeli GQ shoot

Refaeli should be barred from Israel

Posted on ‍‍May 7, 2011 - 3 Iyar 5771 by Editor

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On the eve of Yom HaZikaron well known Israeli model Bar Refaeli has just completed a photo shoot  for GQ magazine.  It was for the May issue of GQ Italia in a military themed photo shoot.

She poses topless amongst other sultry poses with nothing more than a amuniation belt. No big deal you might say.

However  in 2007, controversy arose when it became widely known that Refaeli had married a family acquaintance and divorced him soon after in order to avoid military service in the Israel Defence Forces,]which is mandatory for both men and women over the age of 18, with certain exceptions.

Refaeli said in an interview with Ynet news at the time. she didn’t regret getting into an arranged marriage to avoid national service.


‘I don’t regret not enlisting, because it paid off big time,’ she is reported as saying. ‘That’s just the way it is, celebrities have other needs. I hope my case has influenced the army. ‘She went on: ‘Why is it good to die for our country?  What, isn’t it better to live in New York? ‘Why should 18-year-old kids have to die? It’s dumb that people have to die so that I can live in Israel.

Israel has many civilians and soldiers who have objected to participating in army service. For most of them it’s a case of a conscientious objection. With this the writer has no objection. However Refaeli’s obvious self-serving sentiment did not go beyond her own selfish career aspirations.

Although in a conciliatory move she agreed to visit injured IDF soldiers on visits to Israel and encourage enlistment in the army.

In 2009, fellow Israeli model Esti Ginzburg, while speaking in support of enlisting, caused headlines by criticizing Bar Refaeli for her avoidance of military service.

But by January 2010, Refaeli was again in the headlines when an Israeli army general discovered she had applied to be registered as a non-resident Israeli in order to pay lower Israeli taxes, again causing threats of boycotts of companies Refaeli has modelled for as in 2007.

It seems that Bar Refaeli has little interest in the country that gave her the opportunities that she now benefits from. That she would pose in a military style photo shoot even though she said in an interview with GQ  that she  has only positive things to say, wishing her homeland ‘peace and prosperity, smacks of insincerity and insensitivity given the timing of the publicity.

She is right that 18 year old kids shouldn’t have to die, but they have and do. In doing so they allow people like her to grow up and prosper in a country that deserves that its citizens should pay the respect and honour due to those that have fallen.

In honour of Yom HaZikaron which  falls on Sunday I leave you with the words of  Naomi Shemer . When the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973 the song “Lu Yehi” (“May It Be”) best expressed the feelings of both the battlefront and the home front.

The words were written at the request of the singer Hava Alberstein to the melody of the Beatles’ song “Let It Be.” However, the Hebrew version is not a translation but a version that reflects the mood and the distress of that difficult time.

Although the original version was sung by Hava Alberstein  and  others since, I have used a version sung by Sarit Hadad that I found quite moving.


Lu Yehi” (“May It Be”)
There is still a white sail on the horizon
Opposite a heavy black cloud
All that we ask for – may it be

And if in the evening windows
The light of the holiday candles flickers
All that we seek – may it be

May it be, may it be – Please – may it be
All that we seek – may it be.

What is the sound that I hear
The cry of the shofar and the sound of drums
All that we ask for – may it be

If only there can be heard within all this
One prayer from my lips also
All that we seek – may it be

May it be…

Within a small, shaded neighbourhood
Is a small house with a red roof
All that we ask for, may it be

This is the end of summer, the end of the path
Allow them to return safely here
All that we seek, may it be

May it be…

And if suddenly, rising from the darkness
Over our heads, the light of a star shines
All that we ask for, may it be

Then grant tranquillity and also grant strength
To all those we love
All that we seek, may it be

May it be…


Portions of this article were sourced from Wikipedia, Daily Mail and


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