WATCH: The Israeli Army Contributes To A Better World – The Story Of The IDF’s ‘Disabled’ Soldiers

The Israel Defense Forces are known for both their excellent fighting capabilities, and their innovations in warfare. Few outside Israel, however, know that the Israeli army serves as a great equalizer, bringing all sorts of people together and serving as an opportunity to build a career or a different life.

Many years ago I, a Western Journalism correspondent, visited the IDF headquarters in the Jerusalem area. The army base is located in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Ya’acov just a few kilometers from the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

As I toured the base, I noticed a mentally disabled soldier who was working on a computer in an office he shared with other “regular” soldiers. The guy told me enthusiastically how much he liked to be in the army and showed me a part of his work while his fellow soldiers gave him compliments.

It was my first encounter with the phenomenon of the “disabled” IDF soldiers and at the time, there were only very few people with special needs serving in the Israeli army.

A few years later, I was invited to dinner by a friend who lives in Efrat, a city close to Bethlehem. It was Passover, and my friend hosted his mother and her adopted mentally disabled son Ro’i to celebrate the festival together.

Ro’i had just joined the IDF and served in a special unit for “disabled” soldiers. He relayed how he enjoyed being in the army and how he felt he did important work by serving his country. His mother told me that Ro’i had realized a dream when he joined the army. He had always wanted to be like regular kids and thought for a long time that he would not be able to serve as a soldier.

His stepbrother later said to me Ro’i’s self-confidence had grown significantly since he had joined the army and that his overall wellbeing had improved ever since he enlisted as a soldier.

In 2014, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe ‘Boogie’ Ya’alon was filmed when he visited one of the units for ‘soldiers with special needs’ as the IDF now calls them. He said that the project was a “worthy cause” in terms of national security education and social welfare.

Rabbi Mendi Belinitzki, who is involved in the project, said the program has positive effects on the soldiers that reach far beyond the army service. He said that the project led to better integration in society, into the community and the workforce.

The soldiers of the special units get basic training where they learn about the values of the IDF like maintaining human dignity and the biblical commandment of ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ The basic training ends with a hike along the ‘Svil Israel’ a track that leads from the north to the south of Israel and concludes with a ceremony during which the soldiers receive their berets.

To get an idea of the program watch below:

Recently the IDF has taken the integration of soldiers with special needs to a different level. Ynet reported this weekend that the Israeli army is increasingly enlisting people with special needs, such as those with autism. The IDF is “harnessing their special capabilities for certain meticulous tasks and including them in an Israeli rite of passage that can boost their independence and open professional doors,” The Israeli news site reported.

The Ro’im Rachok (Look Into The Distance) program of the IDF provides special training for Israeli autistic youths who want to serve in the army.

“The program seizes on the participants’ perceptive capabilities and their knack for precision or repetition and places them in the military’s most elite and sensitive intelligence units, where they pour over satellite imagery or serve in quality assurance roles, verifying that the software the military develops is flawless. The program is expanding to address people with skills other than heightened perception, training soldiers for roles in combat support as well,” according to Ynet.

The soldiers with special needs that participate in the “Ro’im Rachok” program get the assistance of an occupational therapist and a psychologist. These professionals also advise their commanders and their fellow soldiers in the units.

One of the autistic soldiers in the program told Ynet that the project gives him a real chance in life and a chance for on-the-job education.

“It’s revolutionary. It proves that even though others say we cannot, we can,” the soldier told Ynet while shielding his classified work from the eyes of his interviewers.

WATCH: The Video About Palestinian Leaders Trump, Clinton And All Other Presidential Hopefuls Should See

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump again made headlines last week with a comment about President Obama’s policy on Israel. During an interview with FOX News that aired last Thursday Trump said that what ‘Obama has done to Israel is a disgrace.”

“Israel is so important. What Obama has done to Israel is a disgrace. How they even talk to us is hard to believe. But Israel — and how they talk to Obama — you know, I have friends, they support Obama. I said, How do you do it? It’s almost like they do it out of habit,” The GOP candidate said.

“They agree he’s been terrible. You look at what he’s done to Israel with just this Iran deal, which is such a terrible deal. He has been the worst thing that’s ever happened to Israel. Now, a lot of my friends that are Jewish do not support him any longer, but I still have some that do. I say, how can you do it?” Trump added.

Trump comments on Obama’s Israel policy came after comments he made about remaining “neutral” in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that raised some eyebrows.

Cullen Baldwin, a U.S. citizen, asked Trump during an MSNBC town hall in Charleston, S.C what specific steps he would take “to establish an agreement between both sides”.

“You know, I don’t want to get into it. If I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m saying to you (my choice), and the other side now says, ‘We don’t want Trump involved,’” Trump answered.

“Let me be sort of a neutral guy. I have friends of mine that are tremendous businesspeople that are really great negotiators they say it’s not doable. You understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal. So I don’t want to say whose fault it is — I don’t think that helps,” Trump added.


When the MSNBC host again asked Trump who’s fault it is that there’s still no peace, the GOP candidate declined to give a direct answer but instead repeated that he wanted to avoid a situation that one of the sides would disqualify him as a broker so he preferred to stay a sort of “neutral guy.”

On Friday Ted Cruz blasted Trump’s comments on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict when he spoke to a crowd in South Carolina.

“I am not neutral between murderers, and the innocent citizens murderers are targeting. I am not neutral at home or abroad between radical Islamic terrorists and the targets of their terror,” Cruz said while the crowd cheered.

“Let me tell you this: As president, I have no intention of being neutral. As president, I will be unapologetically alongside the nation of Israel,” Cruz added.

“There is a difference between right and wrong. There is a difference between terrorists who strap nails around their chests and go into a mall to murder women and children and the armed forces protecting the innocents in Israel,” the senator explained.

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton made clear she thinks she understands the situation in Israel better than both Trump and Cruz when she said that the GOP candidates missed the mark describing their position on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Clinton said the situation is more complex than Cruz and Trump suggest. In CNN’s State of the Union Clinton claimed that she would defend Israel but added, “The Palestinians deserve to have a state of their own. That’s why I support a two-state solution.”

Clinton is apparently not aware that there’s now a broad consensus in Israel that the establishment of a Palestinian state is not possible, at least not in the foreseeable future.

Last month, Isaac Herzog, the leader of the leftist Zionist Union Party and the opposition in Israel, adopted the right’s position that no Palestinian State can be established in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) at this point in time.

Some Israeli commentators say that Clinton and all presidential candidates who after five months of terror against Israeli citizens and 23 years of mismanagement in the Palestinian Authority still think the Palestinians deserve a state should watch this video about what Palestinian Arabs now openly say about their leaders and Western aid to the PA.


Please let us know what you think about the comments made by Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

Terrorists Murder Israeli In Front Of Wife. Obama Admin’s Response Says It All…

Terror attacks by Palestinian Arabs against Israelis continued over the weekend.

On Sunday morning, three stabbing attacks were thwarted in Judea and Samaria (so-called West Bank). The botched attempts to murder more Israeli Jews followed a deadly attack on Friday when two Palestinian Arab youths stabbed an “American citizen” to death, according to The State Department.

The “American citizen” was, in fact, an Israeli Jew with dual nationality who went shopping with his wife and baby daughter.

Tuvia Yanai Weissman lived with his wife Yael and his four-month-old daughter Netta in the Jewish village of Ma’aleh Mikhmas in Samaria. The couple went to a local supermarket in Sha’ar Benyamin just north of Jerusalem when Tuvia noticed two young Arab terrorists beginning to stab people. He didn’t hesitate, and ran, unarmed, to the spot of the attack to protect other shoppers. The 21-year-old Staff Sergeant of the IDF didn’t stand a chance against his two 14-year-old assailants who stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso.

Tuvia’s wife Yael said during the funeral that her husband “was a hero.”

She stood on a podium next to Tuvia’s grave and cried out loudly when she recalled what happened when they arrived at the supermarket:

Yesterday, we went shopping so that when you returned to the army on Sunday you would know that Netta and I had everything we needed and that nothing was missing. You were always like that. Whenever you were with us during the weekends you did everything you were not able to do during the week when you were away.

We came to the supermarket. We were together. You were worried the whole time about Netta and made sure she stayed close to me. Then, in one moment, everything happened. We heard there had been a stabbing and even though you did not have any weapons, you ran to help without thinking twice.

I was not able to stop you and I am not sorry. If you had not raced there (to help), you would not be the Yanai that I know, the one I fell in love with. I waited for you to return to me and Netta, I waited for you to hug us and say that everything was fine and that you had succeeding in stopping the terrorists. We waited a long time and you did not return.

Tuvia’s mother Orly caused participants of the funeral to cry when she took the podium and said, “I am going to scream. It is a good scream.” She then yelled the name of the victim twice, loudly and clearly. The sobbing of the other mourners was audible during the moments of silence that followed.

Orly asked the mourners to briefly sing with her a famous one-line-long religious Jewish song “about how the heavens will be happy and the land will be redeemed – a song she said she sings, at times, when she is driving alone in the dark, so that she will be less afraid,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

The mother then shared what she had experienced moments before the funeral took place.

“I closed my eyes and asked you to come to me. You did. You kissed me on the forehead and told me that everyone was fine. Then you said, I have to go, I am going to the source.”

The U.S. State Department used different language to describe the administration’s “feelings” about the brutal murder of an Israeli Jew by Palestinian Arabs.

Spokesman Mark Toner released a press statement:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack that took place yesterday in the West Bank that resulted in the death of U.S. citizen Tuvya Weisman. There is no justification for terrorism. This horrific incident again underscores the need for all sides to reject [emphasis added] violence, and urgently take steps to restore calm, reduce tensions, and bring an immediate end to the violence.

The language used by the State Department was harshly criticized by Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the Jewish Press correspondent in Israel. She questioned why the Obama administration has so much trouble telling the truth about what is happening to Israeli Jews in the current Palestinian terror war and especially those Jews who are living in Judea and Samaria.

“Why is it that this U.S. Administration, including its leader, President Barack Obama, refers to the intentional murder of Jews in the most remote and passive of terms? No one murders Jews: an attack happens, and later the unfortunate Jew dies,” wrote Marcus.

He continued, “No Jews are targeted because they are Jews:  the victims – random ones, of course – just happen to be Jews. And it’s gotten worse. Now the Israeli Jews, when they happen to die of some random attack, are not even Jews, but Israelis, unless they happen to live beyond the 1949 Armistice Line (the invisible Green Line) in which case they are neither Jew nor Israeli, but simply the maligned “settler” or, sometimes, only referred to as the other half of their dual nationality, such as American – as if they have no connection at all to the Jewish people or Israel, and as if those connections had nothing to do with their random death.”

Jerusalem Post Star columnist Caroline Glick recently touched upon the issue of the international attitude towards Jews living in Judea and Samaria during a speech she held earlier this month.

In a passionate plea against the establishment of a Palestinian state, Glick said that the international community, by pushing for a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, the biblical heartland of Israel, is trampling Jewish civil rights.

Glick called the international behavior towards the so-called “settlers” a “moral atrocity, morally reprehensible and strategically idiotic.”


During the past five months, Palestinian Arabs targeted Israeli Jews in 181 stabbings, 74 shootings, 38 vehicular attacks and hundreds of rock- and firebomb attacks.

Thirty-one Israelis died, and 355 were wounded in what PA President Mahmoud Abbas calls “a peaceful uprising.”

Watch: 1 Word Trump Just Said About Dealing With Israel And Palestine Conflict Will Upset Some Conservatives

Self-professed deal-maker, real-estate tycoon, and billionaire Donald Trump told Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski during an MSNBC town hall in Charleston, S.C., that brokering a peace deal in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine is probably not doable. The observation came after Trump was asked about the long-standing conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.

Audience member Cullen Baldwin, an independent, asked Trump: “What specific steps would you take to establish an agreement between both sides (Palestinians and Israelis)?”

“I think it’s probably the toughest agreement of any kind to make,” responded Trump. “A lot of people say an agreement can’t be made, which is OK, I mean sometimes agreements can’t be made.”

Trump attempted to describe the underlying problem, saying, “You have one side in particular growing up and learning that ‘these are the worst people, these people are the worst people,’ etc., etc. It is a very, very tough agreement to make. I was with a very prominent Israeli the other day (who) says it’s impossible because the other side has been trained from the time they’re children to hate Jewish people. But I will give it one hell of a shot.”

Trump said it’s “probably the toughest deal in the world right now to make.”

Displaying a hesitancy to put forth any new peace ideas, Trump said, “If I win, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m saying to you [my choice] and the other side now says, ‘We don’t want Trump involved.’”

Trump continued, “Let me be sort of a neutral guy … I have friends of mine that are tremendous business people that are really great negotiators; they say it’s not doable. You understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal. So I don’t want to say whose fault it is — I don’t think that helps.”

Israeli Archeologists Announce New Stunning Discovery About The History Of Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists made headlines with the announcement of a stunning discovery in Jerusalem, the ancient capital of Israel.

Jerusalem was the capital of Israel over 3000 years ago, when historical and biblical figure King David reigned Israel from between approximately 1010 and 970 B.C. David’s son Solomon built the first Holy Temple on Mount Moriah, the place that is today home to the Muslim shrines Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Historians have determined that the history of the city goes back as far as the 4 millennium B.C.

Until now, the archaeological evidence surrounding Jerusalem’s early history (during the Copper Age) was limited to ceramic evidence. There is also physical proof of permanent settlement of the city during the Bronze Age during 3000-2800 B.C.

Now, however, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a complete 7000-years-old settlement in the Arab neighborhood Shuafat in the north of Jerusalem.

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday the remains of the settlement were discovered during excavations carried out prior to the renovation of a road in Shuafat.

The excavations revealed two houses with well-preserved floors and pottery, flint tools, and a basalt bowl, the Antiquities Authority announced.

Experts have determined that the findings date back to 5000 B.C., which marks the beginning of the Chalcolithic era during which man began using copper tools. Dr. Omri Barzilai, who is the head of the Prehistory Department at the IAA, says that the find is the oldest proof of human settlement in the Jerusalem area.

“The Chalcolithic period is known in the Negev, the coastal plain, the Galilee and the Golan, but is almost completely absent in the Judean Hills and Jerusalem. Although in recent years we have discovered a few traces of Chalcolithic settlements, such as those at Abu Gosh, Motza Junction, and the Holyland compound in Jerusalem, they have been extremely sparse. Now, for the first time, we have discovered significant remains from 7,000 years ago,” Barzilai wrote in a statement by the IAA.

Earlier evidence of human settlement in the Jerusalem district dated back only two thousand years and historians thought that the area was first settled between 3000–2800 B.C.

Ronit Lupo, director of excavations for the Authority, said that the discovery shows that there was “a thriving settlement in the Jerusalem area in ancient times.”

“Thousands of years later, the buildings uncovered are of a standard that would not fall short of Jerusalem’s architecture,” she said today. “This discovery represents a highly significant addition to our research of the city and the vicinity. Apart from the pottery, the fascinating flint finds attest to the livelihood of the local population in prehistoric times.

Small sickle blades for harvesting cereal crops, chisels and polished axes for building borers and awls, and even a bead made of carnelian (a gemstone), indicate that jewelry was either made or imported,” Lupo said while adding that the IAA also found bones of cattle at the same spot.

“These will be analyzed further in the IAA laboratories, permitting us to recreate the dietary habits of the people who lived here 7,000 years ago, and enhancing our understanding of the settlement’s economy,” the IAA director said during a press conference.

Jerusalem, meaning “(he) will see peace or perfectness,” has enormous meaning for Jews. At every Jewish wedding ceremony the groom swears allegiance to the City when he says at the end of the wedding rituals “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not. If I set not Jerusalem above my most chief joy.” (Psalms 137: 5-6)