Words are not enough to express gratitude to Israel's soldiers for their superb defense of the country - at any time the call can come to rally and move into action, and every Israeli knows how rapidly Am Yisrael unifies to help and support the men and women on the frontlines in every way possible.
Largely comprised of young, able-bodied men and women fresh out of school, the Israeli Defense Force commands compulsory service, which does not detract from the willingness of the majority of young people to serve their country - at an age where their peers all over the world are enjoying gap years; traveling, embarking on college studies, starting work careers or even just 'goofing off' after 12 years of study at school.
The dedication and hard work of these young warriors must not be underestimated.
In the past week the Israeli government has swung into action to approve a bill to give preferential treatment and benefits for veterans of the IDF and national service.
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