Friday, December 02, 2011
The Mona Lisa Weapon
By Steven Plaut
She's unforgettable, she's a legend though...
It's kinda incredible
--- From "Mona Lisa" by Britney Spears
Meet Israel's secret weapon against terrorism, code named "Mona
Lisa." Not only is Mona Lisa an effective weapon against Arab
anti-Israel terrorism and Islamofascism, but also is one of the most
effective weapons in the Israeli arsenal against the guttersnipes
screaming about imaginary "Israel Apartheid." Let us sit back and
watch in amusement as Hitlerjugend from the "Boycott and Divest from
Israel" movement and their fellow jihad travelers try to cope with our
There are two critical things you need to know about this new
secret weapon. The first is that Mona Lisa is the real name of an
Israeli woman combat soldier. At her parents' suggestion - she writes
it as a single word, Monalisa (Nat King Cole did the same!). The
second thing you need to know is that she is an Arab.
Monalisa Abdo is a nineteen year old combat soldier in the
Israeli Defense Forces. She serves in one of Israel's elite
anti-terror units. Moreover she wears the legendary red army boots
that only Israel's most elite fighting units wear, the Israeli
equivalents of the American SEALS and green berets. My own military
experiences are timid in comparison with what soldiers do and no one
would ever think of letting me even get near a pair of red combat
Monalisa grew up in Haifa. Most Israeli Arabs are not
conscripted into the Israeli military, but they may volunteer to serve
if they wish. Some do so out of patriotism and loyalty to the state,
and some do so because of the career benefits and training that will
help them later in the workplace. Monalisa is clearly among the
former. Her story and an interview with her appear in the December 2,
2011 issue of Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper.
She describes the nasty comments some Arabs made to her and her
family members when she signed up. She dismisses them. And her
parents are squarely behind her. "Israeli Arabs need to serve in the
Israeli military," she insists in the interview, "to give to the
country and not just take." Israel is our country and we need to
serve it, she believes. And military service is beneficial for those
who serve, she adds, teaching them discipline and responsibility.
Monalisa's older sister Michelin, age 21, has also decided to enlist
and will start her service in a few days. In the same unit as Mona.
Monalisa not only asked to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces
but signed up for an elite combat unit named "Karkel," in which both
men and women serve side by side on the front lines. Karkel is the
name of a wild desert cat that lives in Israel's south. The unit is
station in the Arava desert close to the border with Egypt. Hunting
down terrorist infiltrators is its specialty.
She describes her first day in uniform, when she was being
outfitted with equipment and fatigues. The orderlies gave her the
ordinary black combat boots that non-elite soldiers wear. "You gave
me the wrong boots," she insisted, "I demand the red combat boots."
And she got them. She says that when she first put them on, she felt
like a super-model. And while old men like myself are not supposed to
notice such things in 19 year olds, from her photo it is clear she
really could pass for a model if she decided to pursue that instead of
Since starting her tour of duty, she has taken the
non-commissioned officer training course and is already a NCO. When
asked in the interview how she gets along with the Jewish women
soldiers, she says just great. "There are no differences among us, we
support and help one another."
And about her name. Where did it come from? "My father wanted
me to always walk with pride with my head erect, and it had just that
effect upon me," she explains.
Come to think of it, maybe we have here the most effect
countermeasure yet against the Western campus bashers of Israel, the
anti-Semitic professors, and the jihadi wannabes holding their
anti-Israel protests and whining about Israeli "apartheid." In
reality, Israel is of course the only Middle East state that is NOT an
apartheid regime. Maybe Israel should let loose Monalisa, Michelin,
and the rest of the red-booted fighting tigresses and invite them to
apply those boots to some anti-Israel protester posteriors with