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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.