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Sperm Bank: Israeli Women Want IDF Soldiers to Father Their Children

An Israeli sperm bank has noted that "tall, dark and handsome" is no longer the requisite

By: Daniel Koren

Published: August 11th, 2014 in Health » Israel

Sperm Bank: Israeli Women Want IDF Soldiers to Father Their Children

In the wake of Operation Protective Edge, we've seen pro-Israeli rallies, ways to express our solidarity, and heck, even a social media trend where Israeli women sent photos of themselves wearing close to nothing - bearing messages that profess their support of the IDF.

Now another trend is becoming popular among Israeli women, concerning those who are looking to become impregnated through donor insemination.

Whereas the norm for women has usually been to find an intelligent Israeli male who's also, as our love columnist Andria Kaplan would say, "tall, dark and handsome," an Israeli sperm bank has noted that the new trend is for sperm donated by Israeli combat soldiers, former or present.

While having been active in the IDF seems to be the requisite, you get bonus points if you've served in a combat unit.

Ynet reported the news Sunday, after Rambam Medical Center noted the increase in requests for samples from IDF soldiers from women seeking insemination treatment.

“Women build for themselves an ideal profile and picture of who the future father of their children will be,” said Dina Amnipour, Director at the Ramban sperm bank laboratory.

So now, in addition to seeking a certain skin color, hair color, height, educational and health questions, etc., there's also a military aspect.

According to Amnipour, the ongoing conflict in Gaza between IDF soldiers and Hamas terrorists - currently engaged in a ceasefire, again, that seems to be holding - is likely the inspiration for the trend.

“A man who served in a combat unit comes across as someone who has impressive physical attributes that live up to the genetic aspirations of the women,” she said. “Generally speaking, he will be physically fit and in good health, in addition to other important attributes.”

Currently, half of the donors at Rambam Sperm Bank had served in combat units, while all of the donors have served in the IDF.

In that case, seems its check marks across the board.

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