Left to right: FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.)
Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon, IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen.
Benny Gantz and his wife, FIDF National Chairman, Nily Falic, and
FIDF National President, Julian Josephson, at the Palmachim
Air Force base
50 FIDF supporters from across the U.S. visit Israel and salute the IDF soldiers
Over 50 prominent FIDF supporters from the U.S. embarked on a unique seven-day journey to Israel as part of the FIDF National Mission to Israel to show their appreciation and support for Israel’s soldiers. The delegation arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday, November 4th, 2012.
The FIDF mission, which was primarily aimed at acquainting participants with the IDF and its brave men and women in uniform, provided participants with the opportunity to spend time with IDF soldiers on various military bases across Israel. The group met with soldiers from several elite IDF bases, including the Machva Alon Educational base and the famous Nevatim Air Force base, where they met F-16 pilots. Mission participants were also given special tours of the Gazaborder and the Egyptian border.
The group met with several top-level government and IDF officials, including the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
This extraordinary mission to Israel culminated with a special FIDF ceremony, saluting the IDF commanders, at the Palmachim Air Force base. Hundreds of soldiers, FIDF supporters, and members of the IDF general staff, including IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, came together for an evening of celebration of and gratitude for Israel's soldiers and the hard work they endure to protect the Jewish homeland and its people around the world.
Leading the mission were FIDF National Chairman, Nily Falic; FIDF National President, Julian Josephson; and FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon.
Maj. Gen. Gershon said the following about the exciting National Mission: “The Friends of the IDF delegation which has embarked on this important journey to Israel signifies the deeply rooted connection between the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the brave soldiers who serve to protect it.”
Left to right: FIDF National Board Member and Past President of the Izhar Ashdot, a popular Israeli singer, playing on the FIDF stage at the
Miami Chapter, Dr. Shmuel Katz, the IDF Chief Cantor, Lt. Col. Palmachim Air Force Base
Shai Abramson, and FIDF National President, Julian Josephson,
at the Palmachim Air Force base
FIDF Supporters and an F-16 pilot at the Nevatim Air Force base FIDF Mission participants with IDF soldiers on a base in the South of