A hospital in Haifa has reported a surge in the number of requests for sperm donations from members of the Israeli Defence Forces.

A spirit of patriotism in Israel and a desire for noble progeny has prompted women to seek special donations from IDF Operation Protective Edge combat soldiers.

Haifa’s Rambam Medical Centre has said that of 60 women who approach the sperm bank seeking donors each month, almost half have requested a donor with a history of combat service.

Operation Protective Edge has inspired more women to opt for donations from men in military service, in the hope that their future offspring will display the same character traits as the combat soldiers.

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