Zach, the American, and Tal, the Israeli.(Photo by Margarita Korol)

This morning, eight Israeli soldiers joined our group. I sat down with Tal, a Tel Aviv native, to talk—mostly about T.V.

Do you watch T.V.?
Of course I watch TV.

What’s your favorite show?
I think Friends. And I used to watch Lost, but it’s over. What else? Some Israeli shows.

What are some Israeli shows I should know about?
We have Survivor in Israel. We have Big Brother.

So, you like reality television?
Yes, it’s the best.

How is your army experience so far?

So far, really good. I’m already one year and three months … in the army. My job is really hard. I do a lot and see a lot. And I’m studying new things every day.

What would you like to do when you leave the army?
Eh … traveling. Then, psychometry.

Say what?
It’s like the test before the college.

Like the SATs?
Exactly. Then, I’ll go to school.

Do you know what you want to study?
I think psychology and management.

OK, one more. Who’s your favorite Friends character?
Rachel, duh.