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Do Israel’s soldiers earn too little?

Posted on 4/13/2015 by Ariel Rudolph

There is currently a debate whether young Israeli soldiers receive enough money during their compulsory army service. Every man has to serve for three years and every woman for two years. The only exceptions are the Arab population (Christian and Moslem, but not Druze) and married or pregnant women. Service was not compulsory for orthodox Jews for a long time. A law passed in March 2014 it illegal for orthodox Jews to refuse the draft and set off protests of hundreds of thousands of orthodox Jews across Israel with the largest protests in Jerusalem.

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Cooperation between IDF and Palestinians is anything but scarce

Posted on 3/9/2015 by Ariel Rudolph

Pushing cars in the snow or boosting the economy in Judea and Samaria through seminars are just some of the instances where the IDF and the Palestinian Authority (PA) cooperate closely with each other on a regular and ongoing basis. Below are four examples...

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To Buck the Trend: A Bedouin Youth Joins the IDF

Posted on 2/18/2015 by Ariel Rudolph

Ali is a Bedouin. He grew up in a small village in which it is uncommon to draft into the IDF. Still, Ali wanted to volunteer for IDF service and had to deal with his parents’ disapproval. When he told them about his plans, they strictly forbade him to join the IDF. Neither they nor Ali changed their minds, and finally, Ali decided to follow his own path.

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