Long before Israel became a state, Detroiters supported and worked for the dream of creating a Jewish homeland. And many among us have put themselves on the line as members of the Israel Defense Forces to protect and preserve the Jewish state.
These former and current IDF members are Israelis now living in Metro Detroit and Americans who believed so strongly in serving the Jewish nation that many volunteered as Lone Soldiers, those without family in Israel.
At Israel’s 70th anniversary, we salute some of those in our midst who served in the IDF.
FIDF Helps Israel’s Soldiers
Since Israel’s founding in 1948, the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces have risked, and many times sacrificed, their lives for the Jewish state.
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And, since the Friends of the IDF was founded in 1981, the organization has stood by and supported Israel’s soldiers.
As David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.” Israel’s survival is a miracle that can be primarily attributed to its sons and daughters in uniform.