This is Noam writing to you. I met most of you over the past few days and hopefully I'll get to meet more of you during your next visit to Israel (!!). I feel like there is still so much that hasn't been said so I'm going tell you a few things that it's important that you all know.
The FIDF National NY Gala was by far the most powerful thing I have experienced during my army service. I've been under fire and lived in a warzone and made my dream come true when I was one of two women (and 300 men) to finish the IDF Infantry Officers' Course, and it was still more powerful than any of these events.
Firstly, I want to let you know that we are all so touched by everything that FIDF does for our soldiers, even just knowing that someone halfway across the world thinks about us and looks after us. Together, we have a very important mission - making sure the Jewish people have a place to live. By being able to respond to those who make comments about us, by knowing what the IDF does and by being able to spread the word to others - you are helping the IDF meet its next challenge. You must stay connected and updated. You must know what to say when being asked about Israel and the IDF. This is your mission! And though you are not sacrificing your life for it, it's just as important as the IDF's work along the borders.
The second thing I want to tell you is a little bit about what an average soldier knows about the FIDF. You can see the FIDF logo in every corner of every base in Israel. Our soldiers know what the organization is about. You might not be aware of this but almost any IDF soldier, if not all of them, gets something from the FIDF at least once during their service. It's literally everywhere.
And last but not least, I want to thank you all again for thinking about us and caring about us and for fighting our war with us. The Gala was unbelievable - it's amazing to see how so many people work for the IDF and care for us from so far away.
You are the future of this incredible organization. The IDF would not be the same without your help. On the behalf of the IDF 2015 NY gala delegation, and the Israel Defense Forces, I want to thank you so much for all the time and effort you put in so our soldiers could serve and live better.
YOU ARE OUR HEROES. We are all so touched by all of you.