Bar Rafaeli

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Apparently, stripping down and using her body as a blank page for Stephen King's words wasn't the type of dedication to her country that a former high-ranking military man was looking for from Bar Refaeli.

Retired Israeli Major-General Elazar Stern lashed out at the model after the 23-year-old received an exemption from the nation's otherwise mandatory stint in the armed forces.

Refaeli's immunity so enraged Stern that he lashed out at Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend during a speech this week criticizing Tal Law, which excuses yeshiva students from military service, and said he began a boycott of companies that use Refaeli as a model "ever since they decided to put a draft-dodger on their products—external beauty overpowering internal beauty."

"I called the companies and the managers of those companies, and they told me 'that's what the youths like.' I told them our job is to stress what the youths should like, not what they like now."

Refaeli is in good company. Back in 2002, fellow Israeli-born star Natalie Portman got slack for allegedly dodging the nation's draft, but explained that she was exempt from serving as only citizens who reside primarily in the country are required to enlist.


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