In an article entitled "From an Israeli combat soldier to conscientious objector", Haaretz said that "after two years in the Israel Defence Forces, Yaron Kaplan, 21, of Lod, is declaring himself a conscientious objector and is refusing to continue his service because of Israel's occupation of the West Bank."
Ruling out any chance of a peaceful solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, he said: "I can't expect or demand from a person that he be my partner, or that he should really see me as a partner for dialogue as long as I am imposing a military regime on him."
Kalan said he would not return to his army service after Passover, he will present himself at his base and expect to be imprisoned.
"I am fully aware of the ramifications of this, what the path before me looks like – a lot of prison, including lengthy terms," he said. "I have no doubt that this is the right thing to do. The emotional price and the price to my conscience that I would have to pay for the mental suffering of being in the army are too heavy from my perspective."