Knesset member berates clothing chain over Refaeli representation

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A member of the Knesset Finance Committee criticized an Israeli clothing chain for hiring supermodel Bar Refaeli since she dodged military service.

Elazar Stern of the Hatnuah Party berated Harel Wizel, the CEO of the Fox clothing retailer, during a Knesset Finance Committee meeting on April 21.

Stern, who is a former Israel Defense Forces general, told Wizel that Fox had no right to ask the government for tax breaks after hiring someone who avoided military service.

“Don’t you talk about reductions and the good of the people while you employ a draft dodger,” Stern said, acorrding to Israeli media reports.

Wizel called Stern "disrespectful" and pointed out that his son finished basic training and his daughter also served in the military.

Refaeli married, and shortly after divorced, a family friend in order to avoid military service and pursue her modeling career.

Last month, IDF officials criticized the Foreign Ministry for launching a public relations campaign starring Refaeli.

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