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IDF Sees Record Number of Israeli-Arab Volunteers

It is no secret that 2020 was not a great year for everyone, but especially not for the Jew-haters and Israel-haters.

Not only did they go through the global pandemic we all have, but both the companies that have come out with vaccines have Jewish or Israeli executives: Pfizer’s COO is the Jewish Albert Bourla, and Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer is the Israeli Tal Zaks.

And that wasn’t even the worst of it for the haters. Abraham Accords, anyone?

In short, it has been an annus horribilis for them.

Allow me to help make 2021 even worse for them.

yahya mahamidMore than 1,000 Israeli Arabs have volunteered to serve in the IDF as conscripts or reservists in the past year, and most after the coronavirus crisis began in March, the military’s Manpower Directorate said Sunday.

The number of conscripts from the Arab sector is more than twice that of previous years, and includes Muslims from areas such as Taibe, Qalansuwa and East Jerusalem, Bedouin from the Galilee and Christian Arabs from the north.

Alongside the overall increase in the number of new Israeli Arab troops, the number of those enlisting for combat roles has also increased.

Some 450 new soldiers enlisted as scouts and fighters in the Bedouin patrol unit, while dozens more have joined prominent infantry brigades such as Kfir and Nahal and others still are serving in the Border Police.

The increase in conscripts can be attributed to a Manpower Directorate online initiative through which some 4,000 possible volunteers expressed their interest in joining the IDF this year alone.

To the army’s amazement, some of those who expressed an interest came from so-called enemy states in the region. The applications from these countries had to be declined however due to security considerations.

“About 700 would-be volunteers called from Arab countries such as Lebanon and Syria, perhaps as part of the change the region is going through. We could not believe the demand,” the Manpower Directorate said.

“As a result, we opened a recruitment bureau in the Galilee, where volunteers can study to improve their Hebrew. This branch will be able to recruit a total of up to 2,500 people a year,” the Directorate said.

The IDF’s “Ambassadors in Uniform” initiative – which offers opinion leaders in the Arab sector a short introductory term in the army – also doubled this year with over 100 conscripts.

This year also saw a breakthrough in the willingness of young Druze people from the villages of Majdal Shams, Buqata, Mas’ada and Ein Kinya in the northern Golan Heights to enlist.

In the past, the four villages have refrained from expressing formal identification with Israel, out of fear that the Golan Heights would eventually be returned to Syrian control.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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