127 volunteers from North America to soon enlist in the IDF

Today over 2,700 lone soldiers from around the world serve in the IDF (Zahal), most of them serving in combat positions and even in elite commando units

Date: 14/08/2012, 1:18 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

127 new immigrants from the United States arrived in Israel this morning (Tuesday, August 14) volunteering to enlist in the IDF (Zahal). On the flight, which was funded by the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization, were 350 new immigrants from North America in total.

Upon departing from the aircraft and just before beginning a new and fulfilling chapter in their lives, the volunteers were welcomed with a special ceremony held at the airport. Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, the minister of immigrant absorption, Sofa Landver, Head Adjutant Corps Officer, Brig. Gen. Aryeh Dahan and hundreds of guests will attend the ceremony.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh organization along with the Friends of the IDF (Zahal) (FIDF (Zahal)) and the Israeli Scouts’ Garin Tzabar program arranged the flight and will accompany the volunteers throughout their integration in Israeli society and enlistment in the IDF (Zahal). Upon moving to Israel, the soon-to-be soldiers will also be supported by Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The majority of these highly motivated teens, who volunteered to move to move to Israel completely on their own, wish to draft to combat and infantry units, a select group will even join the most classified, elite commando units in the IDF (Zahal). Statistics show that the majority of volunteers from abroad also go on to commanding positions and become officers.

Over 2,700 lone soldiers from around the world currently serve in the IDF (Zahal). 900 of these are from North America, 625 from Russia, 390 from Ukraine, and 250 from France. Before, during, and after their military service, these soldiers receive financial grants, welfare assistance, and gift packages. Once released from the army the volunteers are also eligible for professional consultation including employment opportunities and meetings with academic and career advisors.

Head of the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization, Mr. Tony Gelbart said that “serving in the IDF (Zahal) is the most effective way to absorb new immigrants into Israeli society. We are proud to announce an unprecedented 450 teens from North America are expected to move to Israel in 2012 and enlist in the IDF (Zahal). Each one of these future soldiers fills our heart with pride and joy.”