There’s been a lot of talk in our community lately about this notion of “balance,” particularly around the question of whether Israel supporters should balance their support for Israel with empathy for the enemy.
With Israeli resources strained to assure quality training and equipment for the army, navy and air force, the mission of the FIDF and its Israeli counterpart, the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers, is to provide the extras and comforts to relieve the daily pressures of combat service.
". . . I fought in a tank unit, though we didn't have any real tanks in the beginning, so we got some trucks, attached some armor plating and called them tanks . . ."
" . . . The terrorists send missiles into Israel from schools in highly populated areas, so we have to go into their homes to get them without hurting innocent passersby or children," he said. "We usually succeed in our missions, but we sometimes have to give up the lives of our soldiers in order to do it . . . "
" . . . I had the option of taking a light service next to home, getting coffee for the commanders, but I wanted to serve my country. It was a strong feeling for me . . . "
" . . . I get phone calls from soldiers after missionscalling to tell me they killed a terroristand to thank me for the good training. It feels good to know I'm making a difference . . . "