Israel's military has become one of the best in the world by identifying and utilizing the strengths of the young people who serve in it, from those with autism to individuals with various disabilities. The Jerusalem Post tells us about a blind IDF inductee recently congratulated by PM Netanyahu for serving his country:
Daniel Defur's wish was to serve in the IDF.
Defur, who is blind, told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about three wishes he had, including a deep desire to serve in the IDF.
In a Facebook post to his two million followers, Netanyahu promised to help Daniel enlist. Shortly afterward, the Prime Minister reached out to Special in Uniform, a program that integrates young men and women with disabilities into the IDF.
“Of course, we jumped into action, working with Daniel and the IDF to find the right base and position for him,” said Tiran Attia, Director of Special in Uniform. Daniel is the first blind teenager to enter the program, which is supported by JNF-USA.
On Thursday in his Jerusalem office, Netanyahu welcomed the new soldier to congratulate him on achieving his dream.
“Most societies see what people lack,” the Israeli premier said, “let’s keep being the country that looks for what every individual has to give. You are showing us all what a true champion looks like...”