The US Marine officer who became an IDF Paratrooper

Cpl. Michael Abonyi, a 21-year-old immigrant from New Mexico, recently completed a grueling advanced training course to become an IDF paratrooper. Yet unlike his fellow soldiers, for Abonyi, this will be the second time he completes a full military training program.

Before dreaming of joining the IDF, Abonyi enrolled in the United States Marine Corps, where he served for two years. He then found that his heart yearned for Israel, leading him to carry out a dramatic about turn in his military career.

Abonyi shared his remarkable story with the The Jerusalem Post.


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