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Israel - 200 New Immigrants From North America Touch Down At Ben Gurion; 59 'Lone' IDF Soldiers Among Group

Published on: August 18, 2015 09:10 PM
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About 59 young Jews seen upon their landing at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, as they immigrate to Israel to enlist in the IDF, on August 18, 2015. The lone soldiers to-be are among over 200 new immigrants to Israel that landed today. Photo by Flash90 *About 59 young Jews seen upon their landing at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, as they immigrate to Israel to enlist in the IDF, on August 18, 2015. The lone soldiers to-be are among over 200 new immigrants to Israel that landed today. Photo by Flash90 *

Israel - On Tuesday, over 200 new immigrants from North America touched down at Ben Gurion Airport aboard a Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight, including 59 young men and women who will enlist in the IDF as ‘lone soldiers’ under the Garin Tzabar program.

The arrival of the group, which included 29 families and 86 single men and women, was made possible through efforts by Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Immigration Absorption Ministry, the Jewish Agency, and the Jewish National Fund.

59 of the young adults are slated to join the already 850 ‘lone soldiers” (soldiers without families in Israel) currently serving from the U.S., among them 22 year-old New Yorker Aron Wander who said it has been his dream since the age of 11 to join the naval commando unit Shayetet 13.

“The events of last summer during Operation Protective Edge only reinforced my decision,” Wander said. “My family and friends are worried about me, but I want to be a true part of Israel and enlist in the IDF.”

Israeli musician Idan Reichel greets newcomers to Israel with a performance at the Ben Gurion Airport. About 59 young Jews seen upon their landing at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, as they immigrate to Israel to enlist in the IDF, on August 18, 2015. The lone soldiers to-be are among over 200 new immigrants to Israel that landed today. Photo by Flash90 Israeli musician Idan Reichel greets newcomers to Israel with a performance at the Ben Gurion Airport. About 59 young Jews seen upon their landing at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, as they immigrate to Israel to enlist in the IDF, on August 18, 2015. The lone soldiers to-be are among over 200 new immigrants to Israel that landed today. Photo by Flash90

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 Aug 18, 2015 at 09:53 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

People who do not know how to salute ought not to try.

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 Aug 18, 2015 at 11:30 PM Chaim Says:

#1 You should be saluting them.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 12:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
PaulinSaudi Says:

People who do not know how to salute ought not to try.

And share with us what makes you an authority on the proper etiquette of a military salute? And to answer your question, yes I am qualified, as I served 6 years in the Army, as Sargent and some of those as platoon & training Sargent.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 03:43 AM 5TResident Says:

Reply to #1  
PaulinSaudi Says:

People who do not know how to salute ought not to try.

What's your problem? These brave children are coming to Israel on their own to help protect Jews and this is all you have to say? You deserve to be saluted too - with a middle finger.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 07:30 AM 54321 Says:

Why would someone be making aliyah especially someone religious when the Israeli government is too scared to protect its people and its land?

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 07:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

And share with us what makes you an authority on the proper etiquette of a military salute? And to answer your question, yes I am qualified, as I served 6 years in the Army, as Sargent and some of those as platoon & training Sargent.

What is a Sargent? I am only familiar with the rank of "Sergeant."

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 08:26 AM Same old, same old Says:

Reply to #1  
PaulinSaudi Says:

People who do not know how to salute ought not to try.

VIN once posted a photo of an IDF "honor guard" in which all the soldiers (women) were slouching and wearing their uniforms sloppily while carying Israeli flags.

For me, the classic was the video of US president Clinton, Jordan's King Hussein, and Israel's Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, at the signing of the Irael-Jordan peace agreement, which took place on the Israel-Jordan border. In that video, the three are sitting side by side, facing the camera - The president looks, behaves, and is dressed presidentially; the king looks, behaves, and is dressed royally; and the prime minister looks like his nursing home attendant borrowed someone else's suit and hurriedly dressed him before giving him his meds and wheeling him onto the podium.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 08:31 AM Anonymous Says:

to # 4. VERY WELL SAID!!!!!!!!!!

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 09:28 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #1  
PaulinSaudi Says:

People who do not know how to salute ought not to try.

Your comment is really silly, you know...five minutes after arriving at their boot camp (please excuse the naval terminology...Go Navy, Beat Army!) their drill instructors will have them saluting officers (but not them!) just fine.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 09:28 AM yonasonw Says:

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5TResident Says:

What's your problem? These brave children are coming to Israel on their own to help protect Jews and this is all you have to say? You deserve to be saluted too - with a middle finger.

Omein, brother!

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 10:57 AM Anonymous Says:

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Same old, same old Says:

VIN once posted a photo of an IDF "honor guard" in which all the soldiers (women) were slouching and wearing their uniforms sloppily while carying Israeli flags.

For me, the classic was the video of US president Clinton, Jordan's King Hussein, and Israel's Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, at the signing of the Irael-Jordan peace agreement, which took place on the Israel-Jordan border. In that video, the three are sitting side by side, facing the camera - The president looks, behaves, and is dressed presidentially; the king looks, behaves, and is dressed royally; and the prime minister looks like his nursing home attendant borrowed someone else's suit and hurriedly dressed him before giving him his meds and wheeling him onto the podium.

Rabin, Z'TL, will go down in history as perhaps the greatest leader of EY since the creation of the Medinah. You should beg mechilla at his kever for such a disgusting remark about one of the most chasuveh yidden of modern times.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 10:58 AM hashomer Says:

Amazing. These secular American Jews voluntarily join the IDF while Charedi in Israel are AWOL.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 11:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
5TResident Says:

What's your problem? These brave children are coming to Israel on their own to help protect Jews and this is all you have to say? You deserve to be saluted too - with a middle finger.

Agreed! And I salute you for your great comment.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 11:54 AM Naftush Says:

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54321 Says:

Why would someone be making aliyah especially someone religious when the Israeli government is too scared to protect its people and its land?

Because it's not.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 11:53 AM Naftush Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

And share with us what makes you an authority on the proper etiquette of a military salute? And to answer your question, yes I am qualified, as I served 6 years in the Army, as Sargent and some of those as platoon & training Sargent.

Six years in the army and you can't spell your rank correctly?

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 11:44 AM bennyt Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

And share with us what makes you an authority on the proper etiquette of a military salute? And to answer your question, yes I am qualified, as I served 6 years in the Army, as Sargent and some of those as platoon & training Sargent.

If what you claim is really true, then you show at least know how to spell your supposed rank properly - "sargeant" and not "sargent."

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 01:28 PM BarryLS1 Says:

Reply to #5  
54321 Says:

Why would someone be making aliyah especially someone religious when the Israeli government is too scared to protect its people and its land?

Because Hashem protects this land and wants us here. How will you justify not coming?

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 01:33 PM BarryLS1 Says:

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hashomer Says:

Amazing. These secular American Jews voluntarily join the IDF while Charedi in Israel are AWOL.

You are sadly mistaken to think that most are secular American Jews. Many of them are very disconnected. There are many Frum Jews that make Aliyah and go to the IDF and proportionately, at a much higher rate than others.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 03:22 PM hashomer Says:

Barry LS1, please re-read my post. I said nothing about frum Americans making aliyah or joining the IDF. I'M sure they do, but again, they do so when charedi in EY dodge.

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 Aug 19, 2015 at 06:25 PM ActualJew Says:

Yasher koach and G dspeed to them. Arab websites are apoplectic on this. It seems they might be jealous of the nature of Jewish devotion to Israel and IDF.

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