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For 32 Years, I've Defended Israel Abroad. Not Anymore

Shahar Algrisi
Shahar Algrisi
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Shahar Algrisi
Shahar Algrisi

This week, I took off my uniform after 32 years of service, not of my own will but because I had no other choice. For 32 years, I was part of the largest branch of the “Israel Defense Forces” – Israeli civilians living abroad. Israelis who, like me, found themselves in a foreign country. We are brave and disciplined soldiers who protect those at home like the atmosphere protects the planet, always ready on the front lines.

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