…True to that motto, the money this ï¿½charityï¿½ raises benefits exclusively the soldiers of a foreign country that has not fought a war longer than 33 days in 40 years and whose primary duties have been to protect Israel’s illegal settlements, demolish Palestinian homes, make the lives of ordinary Palestinians miserable, and suppress Palestinian resistance to its ongoing ethnic cleansing by whatever means necessary.
The FIDF has a different take: ï¿½The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry.ï¿½ FIDF also brings Israeli soldiers to the states to visit synagogues and lecture at schools and universities. ï¿½These events,ï¿½ according to its website, ï¿½offer a great opportunity to meet IDF soldiers and hear the stories of these brave young men and women.ï¿½
In 2011, the last year reported, it raised just over $62 million and had $80 million in assets at the end of the year, $546,000 of which goes in salary to its national director, Retired Israeli General Jerry Gershon, plus an additional $10 thousand a month for his New York apartment, according to the Forward… More