Watch: IDF Muslim Soldiers Send Ramadan Greetings

The Israeli army has released an official Ramadan message to Muslim soldiers and citizens of the State of Israel, as well as to the wider Muslim world.

The video features the Israel Defense Forces' Arabic-language spokesman Avichay Adraee, along with several Muslim-Israeli IDF officers about to break their Ramadan fast.

"Ramadan this year comes as the Arab world is immersed in the muck of terrorism and extremism… the life and safety of civilians is a game to these terrorist organizations," Adraee says.

"These organizations use the name of Islam and its teachings. This year, we pray for the Almighty to make this month a month of blessing and peace for all the inhabitants of this region," he added.

Although most Muslim citizens of Israel to not enlist in the IDF (unlike Jewish citizens they are not subject to the mandatory draft), some do – particularly from the Bedouin Arab minority.

Many members of other non-Jewish minority groups – most notably the Druze, as well as Circassians and increasing numbers of Christians – also voluntarily enlist.

It follows a similar Ramadan greeting issued last week by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.


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