But the men who chose the route will not be totally free from confinement and face longer than usual service terms.
Until only recently all drafts were required to be publicly shirtless for physical examinations.
In a country with conscription for every man and woman, you have to tell tall tales to get out of the army.
These new plans would apply to males between 19 and 26, and bring in around 3,500 conscripts a year. The Baltic state is also currently hoping to acquire over 100 light-wheeled tanks.
Demonstrations broke out after four Haredi seminary students were arrested for failing to report to a military induction center to enlist.
Amnesty calls them prisoners of conscience, and their numbers are small but growing. Last year, Finland sentenced at least 40 conscientious objectors to prison or house arrest. That's up from 12 the year before.
The recruitment of children younger than 15 years is a war crime according to the Geneva Conventions and the International Criminal Court.
Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews crowded into the center of Jerusalem on Sunday to protest against mandatory armed service. As things stand, they are exempt from being drafted into the military so that they can pray a whole bunch, but a...
"I would say yes, we should."
Late last year, Moriel spent time in a military prison for refusing to live out his childhood dream of being a military commando. Military service in Israel is mandatory by law for Jewish youth. Yet, only around half of those eligible enlist and many...