Watch: ‘Happy Independence Day’ from female IDF combat soldiers

‘Karakal’ infantry battalion soldiers who moved to Israel to serve in the IDF (Zahal) discuss their experience and wish their parents back home a ‘Happy Independence Day’

Date: 26/04/2012, 9:46 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Every year, hundreds of Jewish teens from all around the world leave behind their families and their homes abroad and volunteer to serve in the IDF (Zahal), with the assistance of a variety of programs. Led by unwavering determination to contribute to the State of Israel, many of these teens enlist to elite combat and intelligence units and continue to take on commanding roles as officers.

As Israel celebrates its 64th Independence Day, the IDF (Zahal) thanks these dedicated soldiers for their inspirational decision to moved to Israel on their own and serve in the IDF (Zahal).

Among these lone soldiers, are the female combat soldiers of the IDF (Zahal) co-ed infantry battalion, Karakal. We join them as they discuss their experience in the IDF (Zahal) and wish their parents back home a Happy Independence Day, assuring them they are in good hands serving in the IDF (Zahal).

The Garin Tzabar Program

The Garin Tzabar program enables interested teens from all across the globe to immigrate to Israel and serve in the IDF (Zahal). In cooperation with the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim) and the Education and Youth Corps, the program accompanies the volunteers as they are absorbed in Israel living in kibbutzim and throughout their military service. Today, over 20 percent of the IDF (Zahal) are new immigrants.

Founded 20 years ago, the Garin Tzabar project already helped over 1,500 teens from all around the world join the IDF (Zahal) and approximately 70 percent of the immigrants have stayed in Israel after their service.

With the Garin, they learn about the army and Israel, tour the country, and are prepared for their military service. The program gives them a home and supports the teens throughout their service. The number of teens joining the program as well as the number of Garin Tzabar soldiers taking on commanding positions increases every year.