While military service is compulsory for young people in Israel, they are not the only ones who protect the Jewish state. JNS' Yaakov Lappin shares with us the moving experience the IDF had when meeting with youth in North America who long to serve in the Israeli military:
“That was a real wow for me,” said Lt.-Col. Tzachi Revivo, deputy commander of the Meitav recruitment unit of the Israel Defense Forces, who recently visited North America and acknowledged being moved by encounters he had with Jewish youths who expressed interests in serving the Israeli military.
The senior IDF enlistment officer completed a tour of New York and Toronto in late October, where he spoke to young men and women who showed an interest in joining various branches of the IDF. During the visit, Revivo provided the necessary information and answered any questions...
According to IDF figures, some 300 soldiers currently serve in the military through the Tzofim’s enlistment program, while a total of some 780 lone soldiers from abroad are currently in the IDF.
Revivo recalled a number of extraordinary meetings, including one with “an engineer, a 27-year-old American Jewish woman working at Boeing. She expressed interest in serving.”
“We explained the process involved to her,” Revivo told JNS. “There were 18- and 19-year-olds who expressed a first-time interest through Nefesh B’Nefesh or the Garin Tzabar [the Tzofim enlistment platform].
“The most moving part is when we reached youths in the Tzofim, meeting their groups in places like New Jersey. I was highly moved to meet Jews abroad who had an interest in moving to Israel or joining the IDF...”