Israeli Defense Force Marks 60 Years



It has been 60 years since the establishment of the state of Israel and the formation of the Israeli Defense Forces in 1948. Guests and callers discuss how the IDF and its compulsory military service have evolved over time, and how the force shapes the country and its citizens today.


Tamar Yarom, served in Gaza with the IDF; director of To See If I'm Smiling, a documentary featuring the testimonies of six female soldiers stationed in Gaza and the West Bank.

Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic; served as prison guard in largest prison in Israel; author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.



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