A new initiative was launched on Tuesday by the Mirage Fund and the Jewish Agency's 'Wings' project. The project, which is also being spearheaded by the the Knesset Caucus for Strengthening the Jewish People, will see MKs from across the political spectrum adopt lone soldiers who come to serve in the IDF from around the world.
MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Union) spoke to Arutz Sheva about the Wings initiative beginning in the Knesset, of which he is one of the two first members.
“'The Wings' program is an important program as it honors the young men and women that come to Israel and choose to become integrated into our country via the IDF."
"The Jewish Agency and the Merage Foundation accompany these soldiers with a huge embrace, and now I and my peers are joining in and giving our support as well. Experience has taught us that these youngsters turn into productive citizens, and many times bring their families to settle in Israel with them."
"I am very excited about this special idea. My wife Rivkah and I are happy to receive into our families Josh, a new combat soldier from the United States. I am currently working to convince my fellow Knesset members to adopt other lone soldiers into their homes to help them grow and spread their wings. "
Josh Schwarcz, Secretary General of the Jewish Agency, also spoke to Arutz Sheva about the new initiative that is beginning in bringing the decade old ‘Wings’ project to the Knesset.
“We just launched the initiative on Tuesday. As part of the launching we called on every member of Knesset to adopt a lone soldier. Both Tzachi Hanegbi, and Nachman Shai (Likud) as well as Natan Sharansky have agreed to do so. We are hoping to send out a letter instructing other MKs how to do so as well.”
The Wings project is run by the Jewish Agency and is aimed at guiding and helping lone soldiers, and is entering its eleventh year.
“The goals of the project are to help assist, advise and provide home hospitality for the soldiers,” said Schwarcz.
Schwarcz added that not all of the Knesset members are being encouraged to participate as the Agency only works with the Zionist members of the Knesset. “Our program and caucus are only working with the Zionist members of Knesset. We endeavor to strengthen the connection between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry. “
The Knesset Caucus for Strengthening the Jewish People was set up three terms earlier and currently consists of 46 members, which makes it the largest lobby in the Knesset. “We bring delegations from around the world to meet with members of the Knesset and vice versa,” said Schwartz.