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How Americans end up fighting in the IDF in Gaza

by Alex Cohen and Jacob Margolis | Take Two

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An Israeli artillery cannon fires a shell on July 12, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

Lone soldiers. That's the name that Israel gives to the Jewish men and women who travel from all over the world to join the Israeli Defense Forces. 

So far, the fighting in Gaza has killed more than 550 Palestinians and 27 Israelis, and among those who died fighting with the IDF were two American lone soldiers. 

One of them was 24 year old Max Steinberg from Los Angeles and the other was 21 year old Nissim Sean Carmeli, from Texas. 

But how do these Americans end up fighting with the IDF? That's the question that we posed to Los Angeleno, and friend of Carmeli, Ethan Snyder, who, without any prior ties to Israel, decided to go over and volunteer with the Israeli military a few years ago.

He joins Alex Cohen in studio to discuss what brought him to Israel and his experience within the military.

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