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US Jewish Teens Answer Hizbullah and Iran by Enlisting in IDF (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 07/24/12)Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/158193#.UA5JiWFo2uk INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
A record number of 350 American teens already have enlisted in the IDF this year, “the best answer to Iran’s and Hizbullah’s terror,” and many of them are serving in elite commando units, according to military spokesmen.

The majority of the youth, ages 18-22, want to enlist in combat and infantry units. The Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah organization will fly 120 of the future IDF soldiers to Israel this summer as part of the “Tzabar” program for Diaspora Jews to move to Israel and directly serve in the armed forces.

Deputy Head of the Nefesh B´Nefesh organization Erez Halfon said, “This is the best answer to Iran´s and Hizbullah’s terror activity: Jewish teens from North America that leave behind the easy life for the Zionistic ideal."

The Garin Tzabar program enables interested teens from all across the globe to immigrate to Israel and serve in the IDF. 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, more than 20 percent of the IDF are new immigrants.

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

With the Garin (core group), 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, the IDF said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/24/12)


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