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        2/19/2014, Adar 19, 5774

      Christian MK Complains to Pope About Christians in IDF

      Member of Knesset Dr. Basel Ghattas has written to Pope Francis complaining about Israel Defense Force recruitment of Christian Arab Israelis. Christian recruitment for military service has gained momentum in recent months thanks to the activities of a Christian IDF recruitment forum.

      MK Ghattas argued that recruiting Christian Israelis will "divide the Palestinian people."

      Born in the Galilee community of Rameh, MK Ghattas, is a cousin of former MK Azmi Bishara. MK Ghattas is a first term MK representing the Balad party. He formerly served as a town council member representing the Rakah communist party. He earned a doctorate in environmental engineering at Israel's Technion Institute of Technology.