The Israel Defense Forces, or the IDF, is more than just an army protecting the Jewish state. They do good for the entire world.
The Israel Defense Forces is not just an army made up of individuals who fight to protect themselves and their country. It is an army that does good for the world at large.
They have helped country after country in dire situations. When natural disasters have hit countries hard, Israel sent a relief team to help aid those in need. Haiti, Brazil, Nepal, Mexico, Turkey, India, and more. Israel is truly a country that cares to help the world. They could choose to only focus on themselves. They have a lot to worry about – terrorism, internal affairs, and more. But Israel has created space for helping others as well.
It is a Jewish value to help others. Chesed, acts of kindness, is the term for it. Chesed is one of the foundations of Judaism. It is a value that the Jewish community as a whole cannot live without.
And the IDF represents that crucial value in Judaism. What would a Jewish state be without a Jewish army that upholds its values?
The world might not believe it, but it is true. The IDF is one of the most moral armies in the world. Aside from the fact that they help others throughout the world, they also do their utmost to protect life – even the lives of those in enemy territories. How many other armies go to such great lengths to avoid civilian casualty? Israel is really at the top of the list at how hard they try.
So, the next time someone tries to claim the IDF is immoral, just give them the right perspective.