Israel ends drafting of dancers after high command shocked by video

This clip of Israeli pop star Noa Kirel and two male backing dancers prompted the about turn


The Israeli military is to end the drafting of dancers in its entertainment troupes, a spokesperson announced on Monday.

The decision was taken by the Israeli military’s chief of personnel after a video was posted on social media showing two male dancers in military uniform performing behind popular Israeli popstar Noa Kirel.

Israelis conscripted into the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and who possess athletic or artistic talent are often given dispensation to serve in non-combat roles that enable them to continue such pursuits.

When Ms Kirel, 19, was enlisted in February, the IDF decided to broaden the troupes that newly enlisted singers would perform with by including dancers.

However, Army Radio reported that that the video of the performance - posted by its correspondent Tsahi Dabush - prompted an about-turn in the policy on dancers’ enlistment.

“Senior officers did not like the sight of men dancing like that in military fatigues. Apparently, to them, it disgraced the military,” reported Army Radio.

Army Radio also reported that the dancers would be redeployed to roles that would permit them to dance in a civilian context.

Ms Kirel and fellow popstar Yonatan Margi will continue performing without backing dancers.

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