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Draft Diaspora Jews into the IDF!

If we can’t forcibly draft Diaspora Jews, then it’s up to them to enlist on their own.
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Of course they’re afraid. After all, the closest most Diaspora Jews have been to an Uzi is seeing one up on a movie screen in some James Bond film. But they can be trained to be soldiers just like Israelis. Bravery and courage is a part of them too. They never had to use it, that’s all. So they should be drafted too. Israel is their land too, isn’t it? And if they think it isn’t, then they don’t know what it really is to be a Jew.

Sure, drafting them isn’t simple. The Government of Israel doesn’t have the power to put Diaspora draft dodgers into jail when they don’t show up at the enlistment office in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. So they have to be educated to want to come to Israel to fight. That isn’t easy either, since most Jewish parents in America and France don’t want their little college-bound stockbrokers to sail off across the ocean to fight the battles of Israel and Hashem – that’s for the Israelis, as if we’re a part of some different nation, God forbid. So the Rabbis, teachers, and Jewish leadership of the Diaspora have to lead the way by example, by enlisting themselves. And if they’re too old, then they have to at least teach the young generation that their true home is Israel, and that they too should play their part in the building and defense of the Land.

So, if we can’t draft the Diaspora’s Jews, then it’s up to them to enlist on their own. They may think they’re Americans, and Frenchmen, and Canadian, but that’s just something written on a piece of paper. They’re really Israelis, with an Israelite soul. They can’t run away from it. It’s their heritage from Mount Sinai.

You can run away from the truth, but you can’t tell me I’m wrong!

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon.

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7 Responses to “Draft Diaspora Jews into the IDF!”

  1. Nicky Simon says:

    How about because Israeli's live there and Americans Jews don't. We just pay and invest for your existence. My grandparents have been losing money on your stupid Israeli bonds for 63 years! Why don't you serve in the US army? We have to live with the enemies you won't make up with!

  2. Nicky Simon says:

    How about because Israeli's live there and Americans Jews don't. We just pay and invest for your existence. My grandparents have been losing money on your stupid Israeli bonds for 63 years! Why don't you serve in the US army? We have to live with the enemies you won't make up with!

  3. Mildred Bilt says:

    Old adage; Be careful what you ask for. You might get it. So you want all the Americans to come on over to Israel? IDf, IAF-all the women and men. And the Hareidi won't let the female warriors sit in the front of the bus? And the Americans will see the Hareidi men and women excused from serving? And the Hareidi don't work but the state pays them? And the Americans will all vote and bring their skills and education with them? And their money? Try to imagine the unintended consequences of your proposal. Politically, socially, economically and religiously. Conservative party, Reform party, Reconstructionist party, Democratic party.Liberal Party-all with seats in government. And half of the seats filled by women in pants. And the author of the revolution will be Tzvi Fishman.

  4. Tzvi Fishman says:

    Yes, Mildred, let all the Jews come – even the women in pants!

  5. Sol Robinson says:

    Yes, lets just INCREASE the already rampant nonsense of dual loyalty.

  6. Soon we will no longer need to beg them to come to Israel. The Obama Ghetto will be all it takes.

  7. Nonsense, the IDF does more damage than help today.
    the IDF needs to become a normal army, not the corrupted, American puppet A-hole it is today.
    If one wants to help Israel, he should do aliya and live in the Settlements.
    Serving in the NDF(Nato interest defense force) will not help our nation.
    one needs to remember that his nation, and folk is what matters, not the law and system of his state, especcially when it's a corrupted state.

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Tzvi Fishman, author of the Jewish Press blog Felafel on Rye and author of more than a dozen books.
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