A U.S.-born member of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) nearly went to prison in May after he brought a ham sandwich prepared by his grandmother to his base.
The IDF keeps kosher on its bases. Meat derived from pigs and shellfish is banned, and soldiers are told not to mix meat and dairy products. The soldier, who has not been named, had been sentenced to 11 days in a military prison for the offense, but an international outcry caused the IDF to reconsider the sentence, reported Religion News Service. Read more