The strength of the Israeli Army lies in its democratic tradition. It is a people's army with a limited number of professional soldiers and a large number of reservists from all walks of life that spend 30-40 days a year in the army to defend our nation. Religious and secular, farmers and factory workers, kibbutzniks, moshavniks and those from the city, all leave their families and jobs behind as they don military fatigues and join the most moral and democratic army in the world. As an IDF reserve officer, I must "persuade" my soldiers to carry out my commands by logic and reason, not by force or threat which simply does not work with these proud, fiercely independent parents joining me for our month in the reserves. There is simply no other army like the Israeli Army in the history of the world. I graduated MIT and medical school with honors and received an award for scientific research, but the proudest day in my life was the day I received my officer stripes by my commander in the IDF. Those who accuse us of "war crimes" are simply clueless to the individual conscience-stricken Israelis that make up our army.
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from the article: Bernard-Henri Levy: I have never seen an army as democratic as the IDF