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IDF to Have Burgers Their Way

Israeli soldiers will soon be able to snack on Whoppers at a number of kosher restaurants Burger King plans to open at army bases, according to an announcement this week.

The fast-food chain said it reached an agreement with Shekem, the state-owned retailer that has a monopoly on army canteens.

The first restaurant is scheduled to open Dec. 17 at a base in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s, which recently opened a kosher branch here, has agreed to remove its trademarks golden arches from outside one of its restaurants.

Some Israelis had complained that the arches and the restaurant, located next to a memorial for soldiers, was symbolic of rampant Americanization. Others had said the restaurant location diminished the memorial.