Despite the Pandemic, Young Americans Arrive in Israel to Become IDF Soldiers

(Jerusalem Post) Tobias Siegal - Two groups of 78 future IDF soldiers landed in Israel on Monday in flights organized by Nefesh B'Nefesh, with 50 more expected in the next few days. The recent arrivals are part of the Lone Soldiers Program, referring to IDF volunteers who do not have immediate family in Israel to support them during their service. As part of their enlistment, they become Israeli citizens. "These young men and women who chose to make Aliyah from North America and will enlist in the IDF to serve in the front lines of Israel's defense and security are our people's greatest pride," said Aliyah and Integration Minister MK Pnina Tamano-Shata. "Along with the citizens of Israel, I salute them as an inspiration to us all." Friends of the IDF (FIDF) director Maj.-Gen. (res.) Meir Klifi-Amir added, "Their decision to come to Israel and enlist in the IDF is a brave and noble act, one that is rooted in a deep sense of mission, determination, and love of the State of Israel. This is true Zionism."

2020-07-30 00:00:00

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