Marking Israel’s 70th anniversary, more than 60 leaders and supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) from across the United States traveled to Israel as part of the FIDF National Leadership Mission to Israel, getting an exclusive look into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and showing their solidarity with and appreciation for Israel’s brave soldiers.
The mission, Nov. 9-16, brought members of FIDF’s chapters together with the soldiers of the IDF. Mission participants received in-depth geopolitical briefings by senior military officers, met with state leaders, toured strategic IDF bases to get a behind-the-scenes look into the Israeli military, and experienced Israel in an entirely new way.
The group of FIDF leaders visited FIDF-sponsored well-being and educational facilities on IDF bases and met beneficiaries of FIDF programs – including Lone Soldiers with no immediate family in Israel, and students who benefit from the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, which grants four-year academic scholarships to combat and combat-support soldiers from low socioeconomic backgrounds; tour pivotal military installations, such as the Tel Nof Air Force base, and got a comprehensive look into the cutting-edge technology Israel employs to protect its skies and borders; visited the Michve Alon Education and Youth Corps base; heard directly from IDF combat soldiers serving on Israel’s front lines; and attended a special evening celebrating “70 years of Israeli heroes and hope.”
Scarsdale resident and FIDF National Chairman Rabbi Peter Weintraub and FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, led the FIDF National Leadership Mission.
Before embarking on the mission, Rabbi Weintraub said, “For one incredible week, we will bring American FIDF supporters to Israel to visit the IDF’s devoted soldiers and tell them, in one united voice, how much we appreciate their bravery and dedication. We will offer a unique glimpse into soldiers’ daily lives, visiting them on their bases across Israel and hearing their personal stories.”