According to the Israeli authorities, 43 thousand Russians have moved to the country since the beginning of the Second World War. Five hundred of them are serving in the army – the IDF. About a thousand more managed to serve and can now be called up for war. Including people from famous Russian families.
How to serve in the Israeli army
Tens of thousands of reservists have been called up to serve in the Israeli army (IDF) due to the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the authoritative publication Haaretz reports. Among the conscripts there may be up to a thousand young Russians who moved to Israel immediately after the start of the SVO, according to the local opposition movement New Profile, which supports draft dodgers from serving in the Israeli armed forces.
According to Israeli law, an IDF soldier who has completed compulsory military service is assigned to one of the reserve units. From such “reserves”, as has happened now, ordinary soldiers up to 40 years of age and officers up to 45 years of age can be called up for war. To become a reservist, you must first complete military service for one to three years. Men up to 29 years of age and women up to 26 inclusive are invited to participate.
Repatriates are usually called up only a year after moving to the promised land – so that they have time to adapt. But, according to the New Profile movement, in 2022 the Israeli authorities made an exception, accepting up to a thousand newly arrived immigrants from Russia into the army. Most likely, the former Russians took the initiative to sign a contract with the IDF.
What awaits Galkin and Makarevich
Our stars who immigrated to Israel – Maksim Galkin And Andrey Makarevich — have already commented on the aggravation of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
– Israel, go ahead! — Galkin advises.
However, according to the law, none of them (as well as Semyon Slepakov) will not be drafted into war. They are not in reserve and are not fit for military service. Unless, out of a sense of patriotism, they themselves enlist in the army to defend their new homeland.
Conscripts who have just started serving in the IDF should not be thrown into the heat. According to The Jerusalem Post, in July–September of this year, the ranks of the Israeli army were joined by half a thousand repatriates, the vast majority of whom were Russians.
Where is the son of Maxim Vitorgan now?
But among the reservists called up for war, the son of the famous Russian actor Maxim Vitorgan, Daniil, may be. Just a month ago, he served in the IDF, which he happily reported on social networks.
It is unknown where Vitorgan Jr. found himself in a new round of the Arab-Israeli conflict. After demobilization, Daniil flew from his native Tel Aviv to Europe to celebrate his 23rd birthday. He visited Budapest, Prague, Hanover, Amsterdam and Warsaw.
He was accompanied by his fiancée and older sister Polina Vitorgan (she is 27, she will not be drafted). Apparently, the company could already have time to return home… to Israel, which is burning from Hamas attacks.
Daniil Vitorgan openly supports Ukraine. Many of his stories feature a “zhovto-blakit” flag; he happily repeats all the Russophobic attacks of Ukrainians and boasts about buying souvenirs with a trident.
Before the start of the SVO, it did not seem that Daniil Vitorgan was going to leave Russia. He had just served in the Russian troops, entered the prestigious VGIK, and a film career awaited him. His family was doing well with prestigious housing in the center of Moscow: a studio in a brick Brezhnevka building on Bolshaya Bronnaya Street, a two-room apartment in an actor’s house in the alleys of Old Arbat, a three-room apartment in a Stalinka building on the Taras Shevchenko embankment – a total of about 150 million rubles.