In her own words, a female Arab soldier tells the heartwarming story about why she decided to voluntarily enlist in the Israel Defense Forces. 

Monaliza Abdo is an Arab Christian woman from Haifa, a city in northern Israel. Arabs are not obligated to serve in the army, but she still decided to join an IDF unit to prevent terror attacks and illegal drug smuggling.

She talks about why it’s important to her to serve in the IDF and her experiences when deciding to enlist.

Monaliza’s mother also shares her sentiments about her daughter’s enlistment and her thoughts about Arab boys and girls deciding to join the IDF.

This soldier’s testimonial is an incredible reminder of Israel’s rich diversity and an example of the many Arabs that support Israel. Watch the inspiring video below!