The COVID-19 pandemic is truly unprecedented, generating new and unforeseen needs within the IDF. FIDF remains in daily contact with the IDF to ensure that every soldier’s needs are met during this difficult time. 

Contributions here will continue to support the needs of tens of thousands of heroic young men and women, as FIDF strives to create a better everyday life and brighter future for the brave soldiers of the IDF.

Your donation may provide relief through essential hygiene kits for soldiers unable to leave their bases or ease the financial pressure of a soldier whose family can no longer afford to offer support due to layoffs and financial instability.

We will be there, nimble and ready to act, as the situation evolves and needs change and develop.

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‌Dear Friends,

The outbreak and rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and around the globe requires us ​​to assess and to adjust ourselves to the current situation. As members of the FIDF family, I would like to provide you with some updates that may reflect on our activities as an organization.

Most flights to Europe and other destinations have been canceled until further notice. In accordance with the directives of the Israeli government, the following measures have taken effect:

Non-Israeli citizens may NOT enter Israel, unless they can prove that they can stay in a private home or apartment for a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

Israeli citizens returning from anywhere abroad MUST enter a 14-day home quarantine period.

No gathering of more than 100 people may take place. Yom Hazikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut formal events have already been canceled, and all international conferences in Israel are canceled.

As you well know, Israel depends on her guardians. The IDF cannot take any risks that soldiers or units will be infected, as they need to be in full readiness 24/7 to protect our borders and country. As such, the IDF has imposed very stringent regulations relating to all IDF officers and soldiers through the end of June:

No soldiers or officers (including Lone Soldiers) are permitted to leave Israel with the exception of operational purposes.

No visits to IDF bases are allowed by civilians.

We are assessing the situation daily and are very closely monitoring developments throughout the United States and Israel, remaining vigilant and following the guidelines and updates from the U.S. and Israeli authorities. Additionally, we are in daily communication with the IDF to follow their directives to understand the soldiers’ situations and adjust our support and activities according to their needs.

As always, at FIDF your health and safety are of paramount importance. We are continuously evaluating our scheduled programming and events for any potential risk and will communicate with you immediately if there are any postponements or cancellations.

We will continue to update you as soon as there is new information on this situation.

Wishing you all the best.

In good health,

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director and CEO
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF)

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President of Israel