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.
Do you think that gender stereotypes exist in Israel? Not in the Israel Defense Forces! Whether in the ground, air or naval forces - there are many inspirational women who fill an important roles in the IDF. These women have overcome challenges and serve as the best example that they can be.
Three young Chinese men from the ancient assimilated Jewish community in Kaifeng, China will start serving in the Israeli army in a few weeks. A few years ago they made Aliyah and just recently completed their conversion to Judaism. Their dream is to serve in the IDF’s Golani Unit.