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Female soldiers are not rare in Israel. Even female combat soldiers are becoming normal.

Arab solders and combat soldiers are not rare either with entire clans of Druze and Bedouin controlling the most decorated front units.

But a Christian Arab female combat soldier is new:

Cpl. Elinor Joseph was born and raised in an integrated neighborhood of Jews and Arabs in Haifa, but attended a school in which all her classmates were Arab. She later moved to Wadi Nisnas, an Arab neighborhood where she currently lives. Despite the fact that she would always wear her father’s IDF dog-tag around her neck from when he served in the Paratrooper’s Unit, she never thought she would enlist. “I wanted to go abroad to study medicine and never come back,” she said. To her father it was clear that she would enlist in the IDF, as most citizens in Israel do. This was something that worried her very much.

http://dover.idf.il/IDF/English/News/Up_Close/10/07/2601.htm

And she is drop-dead gorgeous!

“I decided to go head-to-head, to check who my true friends are, to do something in life that I have never done before. I understood that it was most important to defend my friends, family, and country. I was born here.” At the end of the day, she says she realized it was the right thing to do, “With time, when you do things from the heart, you begin to understand their importance.”

 

And as extra, while we are talking about Arabs in the IDF, this video (hat tip to Nizo):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDforETfMBE

It's a form of Arab on-the-spot poetry in which one man sings about the greatness of another standing in front of him. The two are a Druze and a Bedouin respectively.

 


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on Jul 27, 2010

More of the poetry:

http://nizos.blogspot.com/2010/07/zajal-super-star-druze-boy-vs-hizbullah.html

A Lebanese Druze boy about Nasrallah and Hizbullah.

on Jul 27, 2010

What?  Your blog not getting enough hits, so you have to try the Sweeps season tactic.

You should post her picture here as well.  She is hot.  But I am a bit confused (naturally).  I thought all citizens were required to serve 2 years in the IDF.  Or is that just the males, and the females are given alternative choices?

on Jul 27, 2010

But I am a bit confused (naturally).  I thought all citizens were required to serve 2 years in the IDF.  Or is that just the males, and the females are given alternative choices?

It's by nationality:

1. Jewish: all drafted

2. Circassian: all drafted (community insisted)

3. Druze: men drafted (community insisted to be treated differently from other Arabs)

4. Arab: none drafted (but many Bedouin and some Christians typically enlist)

Typical elite combat soldiers are typically Druze or Bedouin. The three most famous war heroes were a sabra (Israel-born Jew), an Iraqi Jew, and a Bedouin.

Women and homosexuals can openly serve in all branches of the military.

 

on Jul 27, 2010

Women and homosexuals can openly serve in all branches of the military.

Ok, I got the order down.  And I was not questioning about women serving (that has been used by the proponents of women in US military since the 70s).

So she falls under the Arab group?

She needs to hire a PR firm.  She can make a lot of money out of this.

on Jul 27, 2010

So she falls under the Arab group?

I guess so. She didn't have to serve but apparently came from a family who did. Her father served and she originally planned to study medicine if I recall correctly.

Arab Christians are comparatively rare in the Israeli army. Not only are Arab Christians a small minority in the country but they are also less likely, so I have been told, to feel loyal to the Jewish state than Muslims and Druze. But I don't know this. As far as I know the IDF is really a club of Jews and Muslim elite soldiers.

 

She needs to hire a PR firm.  She can make a lot of money out of this.

Maybe. But she is only the first Arab female combat soldier. Neither Arabs nor Christians nor women are rare in the IDF, it's the combination of all three and combat that makes it a first.

 

on Jul 27, 2010

An Arab Christian woman can certainly make it further in the military of "apartheid" Israel than a Jewish man in the military of any Arab country, is my guess. (Although I am not convinced that the Jordanian secret service doesn't have several Jewish members.)

 

on Jul 27, 2010

Well she is welcome to occupy my disputed territory! Of course, no guarantee there won't be an explosion should she pat me down in a body check.

I guess we'll know what check point she is at... the one with the longest line.

on Jul 27, 2010

Maybe. But she is only the first Arab female combat soldier. Neither Arabs nor Christians nor women are rare in the IDF, it's the combination of all three and combat that makes it a first.

AND her beauty.  You can have a CMH winner, but if they are not telegenic, they are just a footnote.  Audie Murphy was made a star because he was also telegenic.

Thanks for posting the picture.  It makes it so much nicer to revisit this blog.

on Jul 27, 2010

I guess we'll know what check point she is at... the one with the longest line.

on Jul 27, 2010

AND her beauty. 

Most Israeli girls are very beautiful. It's the levantine mixture, I guess. It holds true for all nationalities, Jewish, Arab or Phoenician (Lebanese).

 

on Jul 27, 2010

Most Israeli girls are very beautiful.

Agreed, either that or they locked up the ugly ones the times I was there.

on Jul 27, 2010

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Most Israeli girls are very beautiful.
Agreed, either that or they locked up the ugly ones the times I was there.

I am surprised they did not lock them all up for their own protection when you went!

on Jul 28, 2010

I am surprised they did not lock them all up for their own protection when you went!

Well to be fair some were armed, so I guess they felt safe enough!   But it was pleasant to window shop.

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