An Israeli supermodel said she doesn’t regret dodging army service and announced she is moving to Los Angeles.
Bar Rafaeli, who evaded the draft by marrying a friend whom she later divorced, told Yediot Achronot, “I donâ€™t regret not enlisting because it paid off big time.”
In the interview, she explained her reasons for emigrating.
â€œIsrael or Uganda, what difference does it make? It makes no difference to me,” Rafaeli said. “Why is it good to die for our country? What, isnâ€™t it better to live in New York?”
Rafaeli is linked romantically with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who visited her in Israel earlier this year. The visit resulted in a scuffle with paparazzi in Jerusalem, after which Rafaeli vowed not to bring her famous friends to her native country.
Rafaeli said she would be moving to Los Angeles for “the next few years.”
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