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In Bid to Belong, Israeli Arabs Sign Up for Israel's Army

A battalion of soldiers crawls across the desert sand with assault rifles cocked. It's a routine exercise, but these are no ordinary troops — they are Arabs who have chosen to fight for the Jewish state. While the vast majority of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are Jews — and nearly all their conflicts have been against Arab nations — a trickle of Israeli Arabs volunteer for the army. Most are Bedouin, a community native to southern Israel. But some are other Arab citizens...

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