July 16, 2014
A Muslim, A Zionist, And An IDF Soldier Walks Into A Bar...
He orders a non-alcoholic brew and tells us his story:
"From the age of zero I was told that Israel stole Palestine from us, but when I was 14 I woke up. I discovered that Jews are not bad," says Ala Wahib [...]
"I am the operations officer at the IDF ground forces training base at Tze'elim,” Ala Wahib says at the start of our conversation, his eyes twinkling with excitement. "I am like the mother and father of that place," he adds. "The only thing is that I don't really have anyone to share it with, so I make sure to pat myself on the back every now and again, and say 'dude, you're awesome. Look how far you've come.'"
The truth is that he deserves these accolades. It is not every day that a Muslim Arab, hailing from a village whose residents largely do not recognize Israel's right to exist, comes to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. And he doesn't only serve: Major Wahib, 32, is currently the highest ranking Muslim officer in the IDF. He is enormously patriotic, a true Zionist. Precisely the kind of person we like to see lighting the torches during the national Independence Day ceremony every year.
Major Wahib is living proof that not all Muslims are bad people. I just wish there were more like him. It is unfortunate that his Muslim communities view him as the traitor rather than the terrorists among them.
(Hat Tip: IQ al Rassooli)