Overseas Youths Volunteer for Summer Stint in Israel Army

About 100 Jewish students from abroad have reportedly volunteered to join the Israeli army temporarily during their summer vacation. The offer was approved by Premier Menachem Begin, in his capacity of Defense Minister, despite the additional burden on the military budget, it was disclosed here yesterday.

According to the report, the students met with Chief of Staff Gen. Rafael Eitan shortly after Israel’s air raid on Iraq’s nuclear reactor June 7. Eitan suggested that they participate in a military training program in Israel similar to the basic training given Israeli recruits. The program is to include tours of the country.

Begin approved the idea because it would “contribute to the strengthening of the ties between Israel and young Jews abroad.” The Jewish Agency promised financial assistance. The nationalities of the youths involved were not disclosed.

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