Everywhere you go in Israel… in the mall, on the bus or standing in line at a falafel kiosk, you’ll see young people just out of high school, dressed in army uniform.
While most 18 year-olds, the world over, are enrolling in universities and colleges or getting jobs, their peers in Israel are enrolling in the Israel Defense Force. They patrol our borders, man checkpoints, serve as medics, gather intelligence and participate in a variety of combat roles.
Our young soldiers serve irrespective of weather conditions day and night! Many soldiers have been serving recently in some of the coldest places in Israel.
Even during “quiet” times in Israel, there is always be a risk of danger. The recent "intifada of the knives" has especially targeted our young operational soldiers as well as unarmed civilians.
Recently, the terrorist group Hamas, bragged about their ongoing tunnel digging activities from Gaza under the border fence for the purpose of attacking Israel and also to abduct IDF soldiers. Typically, kidnapped soldiers are used as “bargaining chips” by Hamas to get Israel to release hundreds of terrorists back into society.
Despite the dangers they experience, Israeli soldiers continue to fulfill their duties to the maximum.