Keeping Israel Safe: Serving the Israel Defense Forces by Barbara Sofer

By Barbara Sofer

Meet 4 Israeli young people as they make their offerings to hitch one of many many branches of the Israel security Forces, and find out about some of the branches of the IDF. As we get to understand the 4 teenagers and stick to their decision-making technique approximately the right way to satisfy their crucial carrier, we find out how the IDF with its complicated expertise, intelligence and guns structures, became essentially the most well-liked armies on this planet.

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37 CHAPTER 5 Sharona Opts for a Fighting Unit Sharona spent a lot of time thinking about what she wanted to do in the army. She was a good athlete and had studied ballet and jazz since she was little. She thought she’d have a good chance of being accepted into the pilot’s course, now open to women, but she knew she didn’t want to spend the required seven years in the army. Ultimately, she wanted to be a doctor, and that would require many years of study after she finished her military service. 38 Sharona knew she didn’t want a desk job.

Later, the IDF was able to purchase and recondition secondhand tanks: Shermans, Centurions, M-48s, and others. Ultimately, Israel’s leaders decided to build a new tank that could move quickly over difficult terrain and supply firepower. The Israeli tank was called the Merkava, the Biblical word for chariot. Its engine was in front to better protect the crew, and ammunition was stored in the least42 exposed area of the tank so that it wouldn’t easily catch fire. A rear hatch provided a way of getting in and out of the tank.

David had always thought about joining the navy and serving as a frogman in a special underwater commando unit. There was a tough tryout for this challenging unit that included running with heavy gear on wet sand, but David felt confident. He was in good shape from all the swimming practice, and he worked out in a gym four times a week. But two weeks before the tryouts, David was riding home from practice on the back of his cousin’s motorbike. They both wore helmets, and his cousin drove carefully, but suddenly the bike hit an oil spill and turned over.

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