's Question of the Day

What makes the Israel Defense Forces unique?

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Comments (17)

(15) David Bromberg, May 10, 2019 1:44 PM

Lefty weak liberals control the rules of engagement

The rules of engagement have progressively become weaker!!

I say protect yourself and shoot first, they say warn, warning shots and then defend. Remember that a rock that is thrown is a deadly weapon.
Put aside all the religious aspects, they are on a very tight leash

(14) Shmuel, May 10, 2019 10:27 AM

The IDF has discipline in all their tactics.

(13) Tony, May 10, 2019 4:39 AM

They are unique because...

They are the only moral defence force on earth.

(12) David Bromberg, May 9, 2019 1:26 PM

Their response to hostility is progressively becoming weaker and weaker.

They do not fight to win. They are help back and because of the extremely weak response the have lost their respect. Arabs laugh at them, they used to be respected and feared.

(11) Anonymous, May 9, 2019 11:19 AM

Hashem’s blessing and our Torah values shape our humanity

(10) Richard, May 9, 2019 11:00 AM

The IDF is from heaven!

The Torah says we are to destroy Amelek! Yet, the humanitarian side of us interferes with that order. Our humanitarian ideals sometimes interferes with what we should be doing. We are to be a light unto nations. I difficult task when the world can be so blind. I don't know. We are living in a crazy world and I wish Hashem would ...!

(9) jaime arango h., May 8, 2019 3:31 PM


Anonymous, May 8, 2019 4:29 PM


(8) ChanjeanpauLD, May 8, 2019 1:37 PM

Safeguarding the burning Light of the promised Land

What makes the Israel Defense Forces unique?

consist of the TweLve tribes of Jacob and Jewish faith.

(7) Anonymous, May 8, 2019 11:13 AM

Commitment. Emunah.

(6) Anonymous, May 8, 2019 1:38 AM

They Care

They care about Israel and they care about human life. They are very special in all the world.

(5) Judy R., May 8, 2019 12:54 AM

the Israeli Soldiers are to humane at the risk of their own life

I don't understand why the Israeli Soldiers are to humane for their own good. The contact the civilians which are actually a bunch of terrorists. I they are careful where they strike not like cold blooded murderers on the other side The saying goes they are more kosher than the pope(it gets strange when you protect your enemies safety instead of your own soldiers safety) other countries would not act so stupid and put their own life in danger for the rights and safety of their enemies it is pretty crazy acting to me (they should really watch out for Jewish Israeli Soldiers and not the bloody enemies lives) it really bothers me that they put their soldiers in harms way for nothing (every Jewish Israeli Soldier is worth a lot and it should be different in my view) why are they acting against their best interest and worrying what the world would say after the Holocaust the world lost its right to boss around the Jewish people (the world should mind their own business and Israel should do what is necessary to protect herself and her citizens) that is a opinion of a child of a Holocaust Survivor (of blessed memory) the Jewish Nation lives! Never Again!

Raymond, May 8, 2019 2:22 PM

It All Depends

I agree with you to some extent. I think it is absurd bordering on suicidal to show any mercy whatsoever to our sworn barbarically savage enemies. Israel has been plain foolish whenever they have given even one inch of our precious Jewish land to them. Both the Oslo Suicide Accords as well as Israel's offer to literally hand over the entire so-called West Bank to its enemies several years after that, resulted in countless Jews being murdered in Israel. Just two hours after Israel handed Gaza over to its enemies without any preconditions whatsoever, our enemies started launching missiles into Israel. There have even been cases of Israeli soldiers being put in jail by Israel itself for killing our terrorist enemies! Our people's level of self-hated can get pretty outrageous!

Just know, though, that Jewish law is a factor here as well. For example, according to Torah law, we are not allowed to completely trap our enemies. We have to allow them some way to escape their predicament. And so Israel does warn our enemies, through leaflets and radio broadcasts, about our impending military operations in necessary areas, which of course ruins the element of surprise, plus I have heard it said from Orthodox Rabbis themselves, that Israel goes way too far with that, issuing far more such warnings than is halachically warranted, and so that, too, becomes a problem.

And yet, there is something to be said for minimizing innocent casualties when it is at all possible. There are individuals who came from our enemy's ranks, who personally witnessed the stark ethical contrast between our enemies and us, and are now quite eloquent yet passionate spokeswomen for our cause, such as Bridgett Gabriel and Noni Darwish. Plus, compassion is one of the hallmarks of our people. It has been said that if somebody claims to be Jewish, but lacks qualities such as kindness, modesty, and compassion, that one can justifiably doubt that such a person is even Jewish.

(4) Brondell, May 7, 2019 4:07 PM

most ethical fighting force

IDF goes out of its way to limit civilian casualties even at the cost of its own soldiers. It warns civilians of coming attacks. It does not attack civilian targets such as hospitals.

(3) Lynn Finson, May 7, 2019 4:06 PM

They cared about my family.

The only army in the world that cared about giving my soldier son a job near home so he could help out with his autistic brother the year and a half he served. They actually have a special program that recognizes the needs of the family.

(2) Raymond, May 7, 2019 1:32 PM

Most Humane Military

The Israeli military is by far the most humane military in existence. No military goes as much out of its way to minimize innocent casualties as does the Israeli miliitary. Unfortunately, its enemies take full advantage of this, deliberately hiding behind women and children, as well as using places like elementary schools, as their military base, because they know how reluctant Israel is to have any kind of collateral damage like that. I remember years ago, watching on a Christian program an instance in which Israel fired a missile right where a terrorist was sitting at his desk. It killed the terrorist for sure, but left the rest of the building completely intact.

I often feel frustrated at how restrained the Israeli military is. I wish they would destroy their enemies once and for all, like they are capable of doing. And yet I admit that there is a part of me that feels proud just how humane the Israeli military is. and yet the world blames Israel anyway.

(1) Gershom, May 7, 2019 8:43 AM


What makes the Israel Defense Forces unique? I think - that's an easy answer.

Israels Defense Forces - have for the most part - have been brought up - and raised - with basic Torah Moral views - and THEY VALUE LIFE - ABOVE DEATH. Which is UNLIKE THE MUSLIMS - WHO VALUE DEATH of JEWS - NOTZRIM (Xtians)- AND OTHERS - as well as - MARTYRDOM - for babies through to adults. Although - their leaders - seem to shun - and are not so anxious - to be a martyr.

Add unto that - the IDF - and even our own leaders - are also having pressure being applied - from NON-JEWISH NATIONS around the world - - from the Politically Correct - who WRONGLY THINK - we are their saviors killer - and that G-D - abandoned the Jewish Nation People and Converts - AND HIS COVENANT WITH THE JEWISH NATION PEOPLE. EVEN THOUGH - G-D - SAID - HE WOULD NEVER DO THAT - FOREVER!!

Do some of the IDF personnel - go off the derek. Yes - they become so FRUSTRATED by these pressures - because they know - we cannot follow in our Avoteinu's footsteps - as was done in the Torah - and do their JOBS - win the war - as the Avoteinu did.


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