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A Growing Community of Christians Serving in the IDF

Father Gabriel Nadaf presents a soldier with an ICRF award.

Father Gabriel Nadaf presents a soldier with an ICRF award.
Photo Credit: IDF

Lt. Eid: It was a matter of ideology. Israel is my country. I was born and grew up here. I get the same rights as everyone else, so why not serve in the army like everyone else? I benefit from this country so I have to contribute as well.

IDF: If you could do it again, would you change anything?

Lt. Eid: There is no doubt that I would have joined the army, but perhaps in a different position. At first I wanted to get into the Border Police but after discussing it with my parents, I decided to serve in the Ordnance Corps.

IDF: How will you be celebrating Christmas?

Lt. Eid: The army gives us a holiday so we can spend Christmas with family. I’ll be with my friends and family to ring in a good year.

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6 Responses to “A Growing Community of Christians Serving in the IDF”

  1. I love Israel & the IDF!

  2. There’s nothing wrong with the growing of christians in the IDF.we have the same God.if you guys dont believe in jesus christ then you will not be save..

  3. Steve Moyer says:

    You have a government and a military that respects the rights of Arab and Jew, women and men and does not discriminate against gays. I cannot for the life of me figure out why the U.N. is so concerned with condemning Israel.

  4. It is not only the increasing signs of loyalty among the Christian Arab minority but the traditional steadfast alliance of "blood brothers" in the IDF among the Druze and Circassians who have accepted conscription that deserve much greater attention among blind critics of Israel including the many cynics who accept at face value the statements of Israeli Arab politicians whose first concern has traditionally been to avoid being out of step Muslim Arab community and the Druze population on the golan there is an active and growing political activity not to be placed in the uncomfortable position that would require them to choose between Israeli and a future Palestinian citizenship. No matter how much lip service they pay to the Palestinian cause, the great majority will not willingly give up the real benefits they enjoy in Israel for the illusion of another chaotic unstable and violent society along the lines of Syria or Lebanon. .They know this would be their fate if the Jewish majority were to disappear overnight. F.or its part Israel should make greater efforts to better integrate all of its non-Jewish citizens through national institutions including the army.

  5. Millie Kashuk says:

    How fantastic that Christian Soldiers have joined the IDF to help protect Israel.

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