First Muslim officer in the Israeli army

“The IDF is a strong, challenging, non-discriminatory army, and is a great supporter of human rights.”

Arab Israeli Hesham Aborea has been promoted to Lieutantant in the Israeli Army.

This is a statement by Lieutenant Hesham Aborea, who got enlisted in the IDF as a way to help his own Arab community.

Lieutenant Hesham Aborea is a Muslim Arab officer in the IDF. His journey began in 2006 when he joined the army and it has not stopped since.

He is currently serving in the IDF as the Community Relations Officer to the Arab Sector, speaking to the Arab community in times of emergency.

His path to this very important and challenging role was not handed to him on a silver platter, but he appreciates his significant work.  “Every morning I think of ways to help the community”.

“It was very important for me to reach my community through education”.

At a young age, Hesham Aborea began thinking about what he wanted to do in life, and how to get out of his village in Northern Israel. He graduated from Ben Gurion University with an Bachelor’s degree in Hebrew and began working, but observing the lifestyle of young men in his community made him want to join the army to better the Arab world.

“It’s very hard to grow up for a young man where I am from. You finish high school, some continue studying, and others work manual labor jobs. For example, if I had a degree in social work, at an interview they’ll ask me if I served in the army. If not, my chances would plummet, and then I would have to go back to my village and do manual labor. It’s a cycle that a lot of young Arab men are stuck in so they turn to alcohol, drugs and violence. I saw this cycle and I decided to join the army.”

Lieutenant Aborea enlisted in his late 20s to the IDF’s Southern Command as a Youth Counselor for Bedouin high school students. He would speak to these students about various subjects like nonviolence, abstaining from drugs, being better acquainted with the land and country, and also about the Army.

“It was very important for me to reach my community through education. We had teachers, school principles, and different chairmen come in and talk to the kids. My point wasn’t to push them to serve in the army, it was more to educate and inspire the students to serve their community.”

Aborea says that 10 to 35 high school graduates would join the army.

Source: The Israeli Defense Force (IDF).

My comment:

The state of Israel is often accused of being a racist state.

Lieutenant Hesham Aborea is another proof that the accusers of Israel is wrong. There are two million Israeli Arabs, most of the Muslims living inside the state of Israel with full Israeli citizenship.

Now the first Muslim soldier have reached the level of officer, in a free and democratic nations called Israel.

10 thoughts on “First Muslim officer in the Israeli army

  1. This is funny! “..join the army to better the Arab world?” Sounds like a “perfectly” authored piece of propaganda!

    A Muslim Israeli soldier? Let’s see.. any Muslim who serves in an army that targets Muslims ain’t Muslim buddy! Simple fact. That’s like saying the Taliban now has its first Christian American soldier joining its forces!

    But… Israel is still a racist country! They discriminate against their own… just read my last post!


    1. Dear ATW.


      Love in Jesus the Messiah.

      I hope and pray that you will turn away from supporting Hamas, and become a lover of the Jewish people. That would bring peace to the Middle East. All that the Jews desire, is to live in peace with Arabs who respect their tight to Zion, Eretz Israel.

      This Muslim officer is a proof that this is possible.

    2. Your Comment: But… Israel is still a racist country!

      My Comment: Just a side note. I’d be careful of the things I’d say against Israel. Because very soon in the near future, Jesus Christ will be restoring all things and rule earth from there.

      Jesus said to them (the Disciples), “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matt. 19:28)

  2. Yeah, like I’m gonna read your last post. If it’s half as enjoyable as your BS above, I’m reeeally looking forward to it!!

    So show me a Jew in an Arab army.

    1. Dear AlexK

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      Islam do not mean “peaceful co existence”. Islam means “submission”. So a Jew is acceptable, If He submit to the rule of Muslims. Muhammad expresses in the Koran, hate towards all who do not accept his followers as their rulers. This is the base for Jihad, and Islamic violence.

      A Jew who is ready to join an Arab army and kill other Jews for Muhammad, will be more than welcomed.

    1. Dear PutYHWH1st

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      I have made spam of most of your comments. If the next comment also includes threat of violence, you will not be allowed to continue. On this site we shall all write messages based on love and respect of human beings we disagree with.

  3. are you really believe what are you saying?

    Why is this proove that Israel isn’t a racist state where the palestinians are second-cititzens…

    After 62 years there is only one muslim officer, it’s not a big deal…

    1. Dear Roland.


      Since Islam has not recognized Israel, it is not so strange that there are not many Muslim officers in the Israeli Defense Forces. (IDF). Likewise there were not many Communist officers in the US Army either.

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