Lone Soldier Will Hitch a Ride Home with Netanyahu


netanyahuA lone soldier is hitching a ride with the Israeli prime minister when he flies to Canada on May 27.  For the past five months, IDF soldier Jonathan Fader of Richmond, British Columbia has been serving as a volunteer in the IDF. But the soldier has already been here for a year on his own, and he misses his family — a fact mentioned to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his inspection of the troops last week during field maneuvers.

“I’m going there next week,” Netanyahu commented to Fader following the trainee’s 20-kilometer drill, and offered to take him along for the ride.

Fader didn’t believe him. “I thought he was joking,” the 23-year-old soldier said. But Netanyahu aides soon appeared to take his information, he said. Fader’s mother found out through the media when she saw a photo of her son in combat fatigues posed next to the prime minister. “I just about fell off my chair,” she said. “I really miss my kids when they’re away. I can’t wait to see him.”

“We’re extremely proud of Jonathan and thrilled to bits,” the happy mom told The Province. “It means a lot to us. Moving to Israel and joining the army was all on his own initiative.” Fader will get a 10-day leave in order to see his family. As for what he plans to do during the flight, his mother said he wasn’t worried. “I’ll just wing it,” he reportedly told her.

Read the report at Arutz Sheva.

{Arutz Sheva/Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}



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