Dec. 25, 2015
IDF Christian Recruits on the Rise (Jerusalem Post)
The number of Christians drafted into the IDF has steadily increased from 40 in 2012 to more than 100 in 2014.
In March 2015 alone, 102 Christian Arabs were inducted into the army, through the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum headed by Father Gabriel Naddaf of Nazareth.
“I believe Israel’s Christian community should integrate more into mainstream Israeli society,” Naddaf says. “Why do the Druse serve? Why do the Bedouin serve? But not the Christians?”
There are an estimated 165,000 Arab Christians in Israel.