Yasmin Chayach (pictured) has become the first female Arabic-speaking Christian to complete the Israeli army’s officers course
Chayach was following family tradition by volunteering for service in the IDF, as her brother before her was also a proud Israeli soldier.
The Chayach siblings are part of a growing movement of young Arabic-speaking Israeli Christians who are choosing to do national service.
Many of these young people have come to understand, contrary to mainstream teachings in the Arab world, that Israel is not their enemy, but rather their safe haven. As such, they are increasingly eager to integrate with Israeli Jewish society and become strong, loyal and productive citizens of the state.
Chayach’s promotion also further highlights the pervasive role of women in the Israeli military. A full 90 percent of all jobs and positions in the Israeli army are open to women.
Special thanks to the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum for bringing this story to everyone’s attention.