After recently volunteering with IDF, Christian Republican Brian Mast touts his support for Jewish state on Florida campaign trail

Pro-Israel US Army vet runs for Congress — on prosthetic legs
by Renee Ghert-Zand
March 2, 2016

Brian Mast likes to use the Israeli slang word achi. The Hebrew equivalent of “bro,” an endearment among young men, it’s not something one would expect to hear in conversation with a United States Congressional candidate. Mast, however, is not your usual aspiring American politician. A Republican running in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, Mast picked up achi and a few other popular Israeli expressions while volunteering with the Israel Defense Forces in January 2015. He was stationed that month at a base at Tel Hashomer outside Tel Aviv, where he packed medical kits and moved supplies around, including some heavy lifting. READ MORE

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