In a new program to make information and voluntary drafting options available to the Christian population, the IDF (Zahal) in coming weeks will begin to distribute to all potential Christian recruits voluntary enlistment forms. The forms will proactively be sent to all youth eligible for recruiting with the intention of making the IDF (Zahal) more accessible for this population, giving clear and coherent information regarding the voluntary enlistment process, and the different service options they may chose including combat service.
Some of the Christian IDF (Zahal) soldiers who attended the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum.
The recent change in protocol was implemented following IDF (Zahal) contacts with Israeli Christian community leaders, and with the authorization of the Minister of Defense, Mr. Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, and the IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benjamin (Benny) Gantz.
Since the service of the Christian population in Israel is not obligatory by law, potential recruiters are not required to respond to the invitation.
Currently approximately 100 Christians serve in various positions and units in the IDF (Zahal).
Head of the Human Resource Planning and Management Division, Brigadier General Gadi Agmon: “This change will constitute another step in the integration and connection of the Christian population with the IDF (Zahal). The purpose of this change is to make information regarding drafting to the IDF (Zahal) more accessible to the Christian population, and in doing so, enable them to enlist and carry out a meaningful service. We are actively working towards integrating all populations and see this as a very important step in that direction.”
Monaliza Abdo, Arab Christian soldier who recently finished her IDF (Zahal) service