First Jewish-Druze military academy opens in northern Israel


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to A first-of-its-kind joint Jewish-Druze military academy opened its gates Wednesday in the northern Druze town of Daliyat al-Karmel‎, near Haifa.

The Druze village of Daliyat al-Karmel in northern Israel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoob Kara, who also heads the implementation of the government's efforts to develop the Druze and Bedouin sectors in Israel, was present at the ceremony.

The academy, he said, illustrates how "the Druze and the Jews are in essence one people that decided to come together to sanctify the values of life, democracy, freedom of expression, religion and movement, and this is what our sons are fighting for, every hour of every day."

Kara described the alliance as the safeguard protecting Israel's Jews and Druze, even in very problematic areas.

At the end of his speech, Kara saluted the heads of the Israel National Defense College, which he said was sending many students to the elite units of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), 15 percent as officers, the highest percentage in the IDF.

Sixty cadets are training and studying at the academy this year.

Posted on October 6, 2016 .