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IDF Announces Draft Notices to Christian Israelis

The draft will be voluntary and includes the option of serving in the IDF or in national service.

The IDF has announced it will begin to send voluntary draft notices to all Christian Israelis, offering them the chance to enlist in Israel’s army.

The move comes as part of the universal draft law that has required hareidi religious Jews to enter the military as well.

The draft will be voluntary for Christians and will include the option of serving either in the IDF or in civilian (national) service. National Service usually entails work in hospitals, schools, youth movements and similar venues.

A number of Christian groups and veterans have organized an initiative to increase the number of Israeli Christians who enlist in the nation’s armed forces.

It has caused a major controversy among Israeli Arabs, who see the effort as an attempt to divide and weaken the community, despite an increase in those who wish to serve.

Approximately 500 Israeli Christians are currently enlisted in National Service, and 100 are serving in the IDF.

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48 Responses to “IDF Announces Draft Notices to Christian Israelis”

  1. Why not – Israelis all

  2. Jose Costa says:

    Yes I don’t see any problem, if they don’t want to serve on IDF they can opt for National Service.

  3. Lize Bartsch says:

    Is it not strange that Muslims hate the thought of Israel back in their own country (which they deny) but true Bible reading Evangelical Christians rejoice that the Jews are back in their own country and have heightened expectation of the return of Messiah of the world to Jerusalem …. mmmm

  4. Rick Sawyer says:

    If I wasn’t rapidly approaching my 70th year, I would enlist in a heart beat!!

  5. Usani Utum says:

    IDF has acted in good faith. Kudos

  6. Why not … everyone wants to defend this country from the evil that exists there today

  7. Why not … everyone wants to defend this country from the evil that exists there today

  8. There are already Arabb Christian in the army so what’s new in this ?

  9. Christians shouldn’t even be in Israel.

  10. Christians shouldn’t even be in Israel.

  11. Jesse Long says:

    Thank you, Israel.

  12. Jesse Long says:

    Are you two actually serious, Shemaya Shiloh and Seth Benjamin? The Christians are a big part of the reason why you even HAVE a modern country and a homeland today, so step away from the Haterade!

  13. 100% detrimental. Christians built Israel by murdering Jews in Europe.

  14. Shilo alone u couldn’t conquer islam,but we christians.

  15. good! it’s about time

  16. You Christians have as bad a record as the Muslims regarding Jews. And the “Christian” record for ‘conquering’ Islam isn’t very good either. Looking to Christians is like looking to its pagan god. Things like that is why there had to be a UN Israel allowed by pagan nations. Israel needs to be a nation of G-d not dependent upon heathens. The UN Israeli government is jeopardizing a Jewish State.

  17. Kathy Boling says:

    I may be a 55 yo female but, I would fight to the death for Israel..

  18. Kathy Boling says:

    I may be a 55 yo female but, I would fight to the death for Israel..

  19. If it’s “voluntary”, it’s not a draft! That being said, I think the IDF should take anyone who is willing to fight for Israel. Volunteers make better soldiers than draftees do.

  20. If it’s “voluntary”, it’s not a draft! That being said, I think the IDF should take anyone who is willing to fight for Israel. Volunteers make better soldiers than draftees do.

  21. Noreen Meany says:

    awesome its their land too

  22. Noreen Meany says:

    awesome its their land too

  23. A trully great idea! May the Lord bless the state of Israel!

  24. GREAT NEWS THAT THE JEWISH CHOSEN PEOPLE ARE FINALLY EXCEPTING THEIR MESSIAH

  25. Who acepte Israel as Jewish state can serve to the IDF ITS EVERYTHING OCKEY,BUT THE DOORS WILL HAVE TO BE CLOSED FOR THOSE PERVERSE WITH THE LORD JESUS OR PROFET OF MUHAMED

  26. Ed Carrera says:

    Were they consulted? What’s the reaction?

  27. Ethan Winn says:

    fine, just but muslims shoudln’tbe let in…can’t trust them

  28. Marny Arnold says:

    Will they offer full citizenship as well?

  29. Josh Ram says:

    start sending them to the haredim already

  30. We belong together at ones! Unite NOW!! (Y)

  31. A great idea If I wasn’t 66 I would be happy to move over to Israel and enlist

  32. give me chance to enlist in israel’s army

  33. Eduardo Mazo says:

    to: Christians do the Lucas 22 35/38.

  34. Eduardo Mazo says:

    to: Christians do the Lucas 22 35/38.

  35. and I’m sure they will be happy to do it!

  36. I am wondering if Jewish Christians will face persecution because of their belief? They deal with hostility in most situations so it would not be new for them.

  37. Joe Ritchie says:

    I’m a Christian and I would fight for Israel if I lived there.

  38. Gary Harper says:

    All should serve, who chose to live in the land. All who are called there, have a responsibility to help all others, in whatever capacity they can.

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