Keeping Israel Safe: Serving in the Israel Defense Forces

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Meet four Israeli teens as they make their choices to join one of the many branches of the Israel Defense Forces, and learn about the various branches of the IDF. As we get to know the four teens and how they plan to fulfill their mandatory service, we learn how the IDF with its advanced technology, intelligence, and weapons systems, grew to be one of the most admired armies in the world.
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Overview

Meet four Israeli teens as they make their choices to join one of the many branches of the Israel Defense Forces, and learn about the various branches of the IDF. As we get to know the four teens and how they plan to fulfill their mandatory service, we learn how the IDF with its advanced technology, intelligence, and weapons systems, grew to be one of the most admired armies in the world.
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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
The title of this book is a real turn-off—Israel is not and cannot keep itself safe, at least not in today's world. But the subtitle is much more realistic. All young Israelis must serve their country in some way, whether it is in a regular unit or in what is called "alternative service." So what would it be like? To find out, we meet four Israeli teens of various backgrounds and find out a little bit about them. Then we get a history of Israel's army (and Navy, and Air Force, and intelligence services). And that is just the first chapter. Finally we find out what each of the young people is going to do. One young man wants to be a pilot. He takes high school courses in math and sciences, and then he gets an invitation to join a ten-day training camp "where he'd have to prove his ability in marching, weapons instruction, and physical training.... He'd also have to win the approval of the other applicants and demonstrate that he was a good leader. He knew that most of the group wouldn't pass the course..." The next young man wants to join the Navy as a frogman, but two weeks before the tryouts he dislocates his shoulder. So now "he wouldn't be accepted into a unit that required extensive swimming or lifting. He could still serve in the army, but only in a noncombat unit." But in a few weeks he is asked if he is interested in the Intelligence Corps. He would be able to use his Arabic language skills, and although he knows he would never be able to share most of his experiences with his friends (almost everything he would do would be classified) he signs up. The first young woman we meet wants to join in a combat unit and so she does. The second one has a different kind of choice tomake. Because her family is religious, she can choose "alternative service." But even in the army, she will probably be able to find a job which would not "compromise her religious observance." The stories are fascinating; the history is compelling. Recommended? I do not know—I do think that parents should "vet" this book, especially for younger readers. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822572220
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Israel Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,347,742
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

"We're Going to the Army"     6
Hezzy Wants to Be a Pilot     20
David's Navy Hopes     28
Dana's Dilemma: The Army or Alternative Service     34
Sharona Opts for a Fighting Unit     38
Becoming a Soldier     46
Basic Training     50
Swearing In     52
A Reunion     54
Bibliography     56
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