Bennett to propose initiative to fund organized trips for parents of lone soldiers

Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett is planning to propose a government resolution that would see to the establishment of an official organization in charge of keeping in touch with the families of lone soldiers. Bennett’s ministry is also planning to propose that the government routinely bring the parents of lone soldiers on organized trips to Israel.
Soon-to-be lone soldiers (archive) Photo Credit: Flash 90

Thousands of soldiers are currently serving in the IDF even though their parents do not live in Israel. These soldiers, who are commonly called lone soldiers, are granted a special furlough, with all flight expenses paid, to fly back to their home country and visit their parents once during their mandatory military service. However, not all parents of lone soldiers have the financial means to fly to Israel and see their child in his or her new environment.

Due to these circumstances, Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett is planning to propose a government resolution that would see to the establishment of an official government organization in charge of being in contact with the families of lone soldiers around the world. If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves the proposal after it is submitted, the drafted resolution will be discussed during one of the government’s weekly meetings.

Part of the resolution that the Israeli Diaspora Affairs Ministry is developing includes an initiative aimed at bringing the parents of lone soldiers to Israel so that they can see their children. However, not only would these parents get to see their children in Israel wearing their army uniform but they would be on an exclusive organized trip for parents of lone soldiers- complete with tours of Israel’s nature and holy sites at a subsidized cost.

“The parents and families of the lone soldiers are giving the state what they cherish the most and throughout the period of service, they are not able to see their child and are not engaged in any official contact with the State of Israel,” Bennett explained. “We should work to strengthen the connection with them and with their families by recognizing that the government of Israel has a commitment to the Jewish people around the world.”



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