Israel will guarantee success of lone soldiers, absorption minister says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s minister of immigrant absorption said Israel would guarantee the “success and integration into Israeli society” of its lone soldiers.

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Eighty new immigrants who made aliyah without family and who will be drafted into the Israel Defense Forces next week were feted in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The 80 new olim gathered at the Friends of the IDF/Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldiers Center in Jerusalem, where they met Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver.
“I am so proud to see all these young men and women who made aliyah with a personal mission to serve the State of Israel,” Landver said. “These young men and women help guarantee the continued existence of the State of Israel, and so we must guarantee their success and integration into Israeli society. I wish you all a meaningful and productive service and most importantly that you come home safe and sound.”

The lone soldiers come from countries around the world including the United States, Turkmenistan and Hungary.  There are currently 2,800 lone soldiers serving in the IDF.

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