A new recruit to the IDF (Zahal) shares his personal message of overcoming challenges to serve the country.

“Every citizen in the State of Israel, no matter whether born with a disability or not, needs to serve his country. Trust me, volunteers do as much as the soldiers recruited by law, and sometimes even more.

My name is Ben Levy, I was born with cerebral palsy and I’ll be 20 in a month. From a young age it was clear to me that I wanted to be a soldier. My dad is a policeman, and my brother is a paratrooper. At home, they always taught me to serve the country and to give of myself as much as I can. Two years ago, I got an exemption from the army, but my affair with the IDF (Zahal) had only just begun.

Last week, I enlisted in the IDF (Zahal) for a full two years of service.

So what’s my message? Give as much as you can, and don’t ever give up on yourself. If everyone says he can’t do it, there will be no one left to defend this country. I’m not different to anyone else here.”

Young Recruit With Cerebral Palsy Volunteers for Full Service in the IDF