Keeping Israel Safe

Serving in the Israel Defense Forces

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Meet four Israeli teens as they make their choices to join one of the many branches of the Israel Defense Forces, and learn about the various branches of the IDF. As we get to know the four teens and how they plan to fulfill their mandatory service, we learn how the IDF with its advanced technology, intelligence, and weapons systems, grew to be one of the most admired armies in the world.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF038080, JNF049110
Dewey 355.0095694
Guided Reading Level X
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, and Reviewed


  • Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable, Commended, 2008


MultiCultural Review

“This relatively simple, yet detailed and informative description of the Israeli military system is sure to be another acclaimed title by renowned author and journalist Sofer.
MultiCultural Review

School Library Journal

“This title is a welcome addition to library shelves to balance out the many negative portrayals of Israel that are published for youth. Those readers who are fascinated by military subjects will appreciate the book’s thoroughness and the list of Web sites at the back.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

The lives and conversations of four teenage friends embarking on required military service act as a frame-work to describe the structure of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Though this setup is forced and awkward, the text effectively explains the branches of the IDF, options for alternative service, and the role of the military in Is-rael’s history. Photographs add human interest.

Author: Barbara Sofer