21 December 2009
Lt. Col. Avital Leibovitch, head of the Foreign Press Branch of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, takes a moment to recognize the variety of peoples who serve in the Israel Defense Force and to wish them all a happy holiday season – whichever holiday they may celebrate.
The diversity of soldiers in the IDF includes over a thousand Christian and Bedouin volunteers. Moreover, 2.8% of all males in mandatory service are Druze. Whether one is Jewish, Muslim, Christian or Druze, the IDF is grateful to all those who contribute to and support the state of Israel. May we all enjoy a joyous new season and a hopeful new year!