When service-disabled veterans use their service dogs to help them navigate and interact with their peers, they’re not merely exercising their basic rights and dignity; they’re also being treated with respect.
The Israel Defense Forces has trained thousands of service dogs, which are used to help people with disabilities interact with each other, including in public spaces.
And, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security, the IDF has also trained over 6,000 service dogs over the past few years, most of which are owned by the country’s Jewish community.
“These service dogs provide a sense of safety, companionship, and companionship to the IDF’s soldiers and their families, who are forced to navigate a complex society in which many of them face unique challenges,” the report says.
The IDF has trained over 60,000 dogs, many of which have been deployed for combat, according the center.
While they have served their country, some of these dogs have been used to fight on the front lines of wars, the report said.
While Israel has deployed some more than 1,000 such dogs, some are used in more covert ways.
According to the Center, the government has sent some service dogs abroad to train in foreign countries, where they have trained other groups of people to use them in military-like situations.
The military’s use of service animals has been criticized in Israel for years, with critics saying it is a sign of weakness and disrespect to the soldiers.
But a number of high-profile incidents involving dogs in combat and in war have also drawn public criticism.
Last year, a former soldier who was serving in the army was hospitalized after his dog was injured by shrapnel during a war game, which prompted his father to take him to the emergency room for treatment.
The report also found that the IDF had adopted some of its own service dogs as children, which is a form of forced adoption.
The Israeli military uses service dogs in an array of ways.
The IDF trains its dogs to respond to people’s needs, such as when it is responding to a threat, or when soldiers are in the field, according Toav Shlomo, a policy analyst with the Israel Center for Public Affairs and Human Rights.
The dogs also are trained to detect explosives and other hazardous objects, as well as to locate the enemy, Shlom said.
“The army has used these dogs for years in order to conduct counterintelligence operations against the PLO, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, and other groups, in addition to their usual duties in the battlefield,” the Center’s report said, referring to groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
The government does not allow the use of military dogs in military service.
The Defense Ministry maintains a database of the military’s dogs, but it does not publish the names of the dogs, who can be deployed for any number of reasons, the center said.
The service dogs’ ability to help soldiers with disabilities is one of the most significant advancements in the history of the Jewish state, the Center said.
While the IDF doesn’t allow the dogs to be deployed in combat, it has trained some of them to use in situations where they are used for training purposes, such the field and in some areas of Israel’s northern border, which border Jordan.