US Jewish Teens Answer Hizbullah and Iran by Enlisting in IDF (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 07/24/12)
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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
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
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