The experience of serving in any military is character building. In Israel, it's compulsory — and somewhat more dangerous than other parts of the world. This week is the anniversary of Israel the country, and Israel's army — the Israeli Defense Forces — and we're marking both by talking about that particular military service.
Jeffrey Goldberg is a correspondent for The Atlantic — and he had the unique experience of being an American Jew serving in the IDF. (Please read his coverage of Israel here, and here — it's comprehensive and thought-provoking. Also, he loves The Wire, so read this too.) I saw a documentary about female Israeli soldiers at the Full Frame documentary festival last month — we're lucky to have the director — a veteran herself — on today's show as well. Please post your thoughts — and your experience, if you've served in the IDF.