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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!

Tzvi Fishman

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. His recent movie "Stories of Rebbe Nachman" The DVD of the movie is available online.

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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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