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Jewish Teenagers Get a Taste of Israeli Military Life

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Guardian – At Jerusalem’s Western Wall, in blustery rain one evening this week, a couple of hundred young soldiers stood to attention to sing Israel‘s national anthem, Hatikvah, or Hope, at a ceremony to mark the end of their stint in the army.

Dressed in olive-green fatigues, with M16 assault rifles slung over their shoulders, these young men and women of the Israel Defence Forces proudly faced the enormous stone edifice, one of the most important sites in Judaism and of huge national symbolism to the state of Israel.

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