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300 new Israeli immigrants including 100 future soldiers from the United States arrive at Ben Gurion Airport

By Mason White 4:47 PM August 12, 2014
108 new soldiers being greeted by Israel President Reuven Rivlin 

By: Aarav Sen
A group of more than 300 new Israeli immigrants arrived at Ben Gurion Airport from the United States, despite the ongoing conflicts between Israel and Gaza.

The group of 338 new immigrants came to Israel via a Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight on Monday.

108 young adults will enlist in the Israel Defense Forces. The immigrants were greeted at the airport by President Reuven Rivlin and Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

About 80 said that they were hoping to join combat units. Two lone soldiers, Sean Carmeli of Texas, and Max Steinberg of from California, died during Operation protective edge.

Despite having little to no family in Israel, thousands of Israelis attended their funerals. “There is no such thing as lone soldiers in Israel,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said while welcoming the new immigrants.

22-year-old Jason Kreisler of New Jersey, said that he wants to join the Paratroopers Brigade.