#55 Nick Ferriman - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • * BEN JABO
    • 17.03.07 | 21:41 (IST)

    Virtually all males & females serve in the IDF. Exceptions are made for some religious purposes or if the individual is disabled, there are some draft dodgers, but that exists in all countries. As a soldier, if I stood by a hitch hiking station or by myself, a car would surely stop. The driver knew it could be himself, son or daughter that would be the next person seeking a lift. In some instances, if I passed an orchard, I felt free to take an orange or two, it wasn't theft, just a courtesy from the orchard owners. No questions asked, no replies needed. The Army is very much a part of the people as the people are a part of the army. I was riding one day in my car, I stopped when I saw a soldier waiting for a lift, and asked him "where to"?, it was on my way, he hopped in. My mother-in-law, who only spoke English, gave me a inquiring look, I told her, "He's a soldier". My wife didn't inquire, she already knew what I would do. Each soldier, is as my own child.

    from the article: IDF troops conduct takeover drills in Palestinian village
    First published 00:00 16.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 16.03.07
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