'Battleship' Director HAMMERS Israeli Reporter 'Are You a Draft Dodger?'

5/15/2012 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

File this under AWKWARD ...

"Battleship" director Peter Berg was doing a promotional interview for his new movie with an Israeli reporter recently, when he decided to wax philosophically on the political situation with Iran ... and things got weird.

After spelling out his grim take on the situation in the Middle East ... and dropping a few f-bombs in the process ... Berg asks the 25-year-old reporter if he ever served in the Israeli military ... a requirement for Israeli citizens.

When the reporter replied "No," Berg was SHOCKED ...saying, "What?! How did you get out of that? Are you a draft dodger?"

Berg added, "You better join the army motherf**ker!!!"

When Berg presses ... asking if and when the reporter ever plans to serve, the reporter awkwardly replies ... "ummm ... we're not having this conversation."

Too late.