— by Jen Glantz
Over 100 prominent Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) lay leaders and supporters from the United States and Panama were accompanied by over 50 IDF officers as they flew to Israel via an Israeli Air Force plane this past Friday, to continue the memorable journey by commemorating Yom Ha’Zikaron and celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut in Israel today.
The group will also spend time on several elite IDF bases with soldiers, meet with top-level government and IDF officials and Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Speaker of the Knesset, and a special reception with the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, at his official residence.
|Holocaust survivor Joseph Gringlas celebrating on the shoulders of an IDF soldier|
|Delegation participants celebrating Yom Ha’aztmaut in Israel. Photos by Shahar Azran, courtesy of FIDF|