I'm an Israeli soldier. AMA

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    (Original post by malebo55)
    that sounds pretty poverty i was expecting some levantine feast ngl

    what is your favourite and least favourite thing about england?
    Lol fat soldiers would not be good soldiers

    Favourite thing: cool weather

    Least favourite thing: young people having an infinite sense of entitlement and thinking they can live without consequence


    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    Did anyone instruct you or order you to come to TSR and run this thread? I'm asking because there was extensive publicity given to the IDF unit during the last conflict in Gaza that was tasked with bombarding social media and I'm wondering if that has continued.
    Nope, my normal tsr account has several hundred posts on it and a relatively high number of gems.

    I made this thread because I get very bored at night and only have my phone for entertainment.
    It's also funny to see how many hate messages I get!
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    Lol fat soldiers would not be good soldiers

    Favourite thing: cool weather

    Least favourite thing: young people having an infinite sense of entitlement and thinking they can live without consequence
    yeah but what's the point of doing all that exercise if you can't eat lots of junk food?

    lol the weather of england as a good thing is new. what do you mean live without consequence?

    what is your favourite and least favourite thing about israel?
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    (Original post by malebo55)
    yeah but what's the point of doing all that exercise if you can't eat lots of junk food? lol the weather of england as a good thing is new. what do you mean live without consequence?what is your favourite and least favourite thing about israel?
    Like in England the weather is sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes rainy and sometimes both. In Israel the weather is just hot, not funAn example of living without consequences, they're happy to get tens of thousands of pounds in debt so they can study some obscure degree and party for three years with little reasonable prospect of paying it all back. Or kids at school not caring about education because they know that the state or their parents will provide for them once they're older - (I know this isn't unique to the UK)Favourite thing about Israel: the cohesiveness between people of different cultures and backgrounds. Certain elements of the media like to portray Israel being very much Jews vs Muslims/Christians, but in reality we all get along really well!Least favourite thing: weather always being hot. I would have previously said threat of terrorism, but recent events in Europe and the US have shown that you're probably safer, especially as a Jew, in Israel
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    ^ all my paragraphs merged on there for some reason. I can't edit on anonymous so you'll have to work out where they go
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    ^ all my paragraphs merged on there for some reason. I can't edit on anonymous so you'll have to work out where they go
    making me work smh

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    Like in England the weather is sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes rainy and sometimes both. In Israel the weather is just hot, not fun.

    An example of living without consequences, they're happy to get tens of thousands of pounds in debt so they can study some obscure degree and party for three years with little reasonable prospect of paying it all back. Or kids at school not caring about education because they know that the state or their parents will provide for them once they're older - (I know this isn't unique to the UK).

    Favourite thing about Israel: the cohesiveness between people of different cultures and backgrounds. Certain elements of the media like to portray Israel being very much Jews vs Muslims/Christians, but in reality we all get along really well!

    Least favourite thing: weather always being hot. I would have previously said threat of terrorism, but recent events in Europe and the US have shown that you're probably safer, especially as a Jew, in Israel
    mostly cold! is there not a welfare state in israel? how big a deal is economic inequality in israel?

    yeah, 20% of israel's population is actually arab, and whilst there is a lot of discrimination in policing etc of the occupied territories, it seems that there is relatively little for Israeli Arabs

    I disagree that Israel is safer than the West for Jews, i think that's something that Bibi likes to play upon as a propaganda tool personally

    Would you consider marrying an Arab? A muslim Arab?
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    making me work smh


    mostly cold! is there not a welfare state in israel? how big a deal is economic inequality in israel?

    yeah, 20% of israel's population is actually arab, and whilst there is a lot of discrimination in policing etc of the occupied territories, it seems that there is relatively little for Israeli Arabs

    I disagree that Israel is safer than the West for Jews, i think that's something that Bibi likes to play upon as a propaganda tool personally

    Would you consider marrying an Arab? A muslim Arab?
    There is a welfare state, of which I think is better than the UK's. I think the main difference comes from people just having a stronger work ethic and military service helps people gain transferable skills, particularly when the government sponsors university degrees for them

    Yes there is economic inequality between Jews and Arabs. The figures for this are quite misleading though since they often include Arabs in the West Bank, who are obviously going to be poorer than people living in main Israel. If we were to just compare Non Arabs/Arabs in normal Israel there's probably very little difference - I'd bet there's more economic inequality between whites and non whites in Europe and the US!

    I can understand why you might say me saying Israel is safer doesn't apply to Jews specifically, but there's no denying the fact that significantly more normal civilians have been killed in terror attacks in France than Israel in recent years.

    I am half (Jewish) Arab myself so have no issues with the idea of marrying an Arab.
    A Muslim? Maybe if I was certain I'd never have to do Muslim things to appease him or his family like wearing a hijab or convert. I think it's very unlikely to happen either way
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    There is a welfare state, of which I think is better than the UK's. I think the main difference comes from people just having a stronger work ethic and military service helps people gain transferable skills, particularly when the government sponsors university degrees for them

    Yes there is economic inequality between Jews and Arabs. The figures for this are quite misleading though since they often include Arabs in the West Bank, who are obviously going to be poorer than people living in main Israel. If we were to just compare Non Arabs/Arabs in normal Israel there's probably very little difference - I'd bet there's more economic inequality between whites and non whites in Europe and the US!

    I can understand why you might say me saying Israel is safer doesn't apply to Jews specifically, but there's no denying the fact that significantly more normal civilians have been killed in terror attacks in France than Israel in recent years.

    I am half (Jewish) Arab myself so have no issues with the idea of marrying an Arab.
    A Muslim? Maybe if I was certain I'd never have to do Muslim things to appease him or his family like wearing a hijab or convert. I think it's very unlikely to happen either way
    i definitely agree that many people here have a pretty poor work ethic - and this is something my international friends at uni have noticed too

    i meant between israelis in general. i dont think there's much racism involved in the income inequality in the UK at least, many Asian groups do very well for income.

    but that's just France, you can't extrapolate that to the UK/West in general; the UK definitely seems to have a much stronger internal security service (mi5 keep up the good work!). how do you reconcile netanyahu saying israel needs more military aid from the US (and reportedly has agreed the largest military aid package from the US ever) with saying that israel is safer than even the US?

    half arab - that was unexpected! half jewish/arab ethnically, i assume?
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    i definitely agree that many people here have a pretty poor work ethic - and this is something my international friends at uni have noticed too

    i meant between israelis in general. i dont think there's much racism involved in the income inequality in the UK at least, many Asian groups do very well for income.

    but that's just France, you can't extrapolate that to the UK/West in general; the UK definitely seems to have a much stronger internal security service (mi5 keep up the good work!). how do you reconcile netanyahu saying israel needs more military aid from the US (and reportedly has agreed the largest military aid package from the US ever) with saying that israel is safer than even the US?

    half arab - that was unexpected! half jewish/arab ethnically, i assume?
    In Europe and the US, it is true that some ethnic minorities are economically better off than whites. But on the whole, most ethnic minorities are substantially worse off than whites, to a much greater degree than Arabs are to Jews in Israel. For example in the UK Muslim households have a median net wealth of £42,000, whereas Jewish households have a median net wealth of £422,000 - a similar difference is seen between White British and Black/Asian households with White British having over double the net wealth of other groups except Indians.
    Source for that http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Document...aper-BPCIV.pdf

    Sure France is the most obvious example, but the risk of terrorism in Europe as a whole remains very high. If there was to be another Paris shooting attack, you would definitely be safer in Israel due to the prevalence of police and army.
    Personally I think the military aid deal has been made primarily on political/economic grounds, rather than an increased fear of attack in Israel. The deal has effectively given Israel close to $40bn of free military equipment; all of which is to be supplied by US defence companies as part of helping the US economy. Obama also knows he screwed up on the Iran deal and knows he needs to make up for it!
    The murder rate in the US is also amongst the highest in the Western World - not safe!
    *I do acknowledge that the UK is safer than Israel/Europe/America in the current state though*

    One of my parents is Mizrahi, who are Jews who have lived in Arabia, spoken Arabic and looked Arab for thousands of years. So in that respect they are Arabs, making me half Arab

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    Are you a lone soldier?
    Yeah my parents still live in the UK so I qualify as one. I don't get any of the benefits for a few more months though
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    Shabbat shalom, soldier.
    How are you?
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    Shabbat shalom, soldier.
    How are you?
    Shabbat Shalom

    I am good, today I went to the beach and went for pizza afterwards. Was very enjoyable!

    You are doing well?
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    Hello! How are you?

    I wish you, the only female combat IDF soldier on TSR, Happy Jewish New Year!

    שנה טובה של שלום ושמחה
 
 
 
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