By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2010
A 26-year-old who has become the first Israeli Arab officer in the IDF has called for more members of his community to fight for the country.
Lieutenant Hisham Abu Rayya has faced outrage in his community and accusations that he is a traitor for taking on the role.
But he told The Times that serving in the Israeli army, and even protecting a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, was “my duty to my country”.
Lieutenant Abu Raaya rubbished claims that the reason Arab teenagers opt not to join the Israeli army is down to discrimination.