Nov 20, 2012
Lubavitchers Return For War
IDF activist Tziki Aud (C) greets Leikin (L) & Lazarov, Monday | Photo: Gideon Markovitch
New York Lubavitchers Shmulik Lazarov, 24, and Shalom Leikin, 21, flew to Israel to enlist in the fight against Gaza terrorists.
Danny Brenner, Israel Hayom
Young people from all over the world who served in the Israeli army and have since returned to their home countries have contacted the Israel Defense Forces asking if they can return to Israel to join in the fight against Gaza terrorists.
Tziki Aud, 59, founder of the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Sgt. Michael Levin (who was killed in the 2006 Second Lebanon War), which supports soldiers from abroad, said on Sunday that he had received more than 100 inquiries from former soldiers seeking to assist their comrades in Israel.
14 have already arrived in Israel at their own expense to join their combat units, Aud said.
On Monday, Aud went to the Ben-Gurion International Airport with Yoav Ziskind, a member of the Lone Soldier Center's management, to greet two more soldiers who flew in from New York: Sgt. Shmulik Lazarov, 24, and Staff Sgt. Shalom Leikin, 21.
"I heard what was happening and decided to come here," Lazarov said. "I feel a sense of belonging here, a responsibility and a desire to contribute to the war effort."
And Leikin said, "Every Jew in the world has a responsibility to protect Israel. I didn't have to come back to Israel, but there's nothing that would stop me from coming."