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Only One Country in the Middle East Could Produce a Soldier Like Me

Major Alaa Waheed, the highest-ranking Muslim in the IDF

While Israel is the Jewish state, it is the one democracy in the Middle East, and its military welcomes those of all faiths and backgrounds. In a piece for Jewish News, the IDF's highest-ranking Muslim makes the case for his nation, for Israel:

I am an Israeli, an Arab, and the highest ranked Muslim in the IDF.

Is Israel inherently racist, an apartheid state? Well, do you think that such a country would tolerate a person like myself getting to the position I am today? Forget for a second (BDS supporters would like you to forget permanently!) that 20 percent of Israelis are non-Jewish, have full rights, and are represented throughout society. It’s one thing, after all, to have Arab politicians, Christian voters, and Muslim doctors – although we do have them, and quite a few at that.

But a non-Jewish army Major? Someone who has not only fought alongside Jewish soldiers, but now trains them too? Would a truly racist state allow me to play such an integral role in our nation’s defences?

I do not serve in the army to kill people – I serve in it to save people. When Hamas fires rockets, or Fatah encourages stabbings, we are here to protect the lives of all Israeli citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish.

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