by Barbara Gingold

The Israeli Army Learns to Cry

She is 18 years old, a slight young woman from Beersheva, in the anonymous khaki pants and shirt of Zahal (Israel Defense Forces, or IDF). A few feet away is another young woman, a baby in one arm and two toddlers hanging on to her long skirt. Cursing and screaming from under her headscarf: ‘I will torment you when you are pregnant! My eyes will haunt you when you are in labor! You will never build a home of your own!”

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