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Young Americans flock to Israel to join army

Young Americans flock to Israel to join army
Hundreds of new immigrants from the U.S. landed at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday.

An unprecedented 104 of the 360 new arrivals, came to enlist in the Israeli army.

Brig. Gen. Eli Shermeister, the Chief Education Officer, was among a delegation of officials on hand to greet the 18 to 22 year olds.

"It's an honor to have you join the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) and the Israeli nation," the Brig. Gen. said. "There are no words to describe my appreciation for you, your courage and the Zionistic values you hold. The State of Israel is coping with security threats every day and defending its security is the main goal of the IDF."

The Chief Education Officer told the new immigrants he is proud that the IDF "is an army that focuses on educating the youth and building Israeli society. Those of you who will soon be soldiers, I promise you: there is a special place for every single one of you in the IDF.&q…