Roni and Eitan Katorza, two 19-year-old twins from Paris, dealt with harsh anti-Semitism in the French capital as openly visible Jews before taking a major a step and deciding to make aliyah and immigrate to the Jewish homeland of Israel.
Arutz Sheva got a chance to speak with the two, who not only started a new life in Israel around a year ago – they did so by enrolling at the hesder yeshiva Kochav Ya'akov, and at the end of their first year a month ago, they enlisted in the Kfir Brigade infantry unit of the IDF as combat soldiers.
The brigade was founded in 2005 and specializes in urban warfare throughout Israel, and is comprised of several battalions: Nahshon, Shimshon, Haruv, Duchifat, and Netzah Yehuda.
Despite the difficulties they face as lone soldiers – soldiers without the support of having their parents living in Israel – the twins have no regret about their decision to start a new life in the Jewish state, saying they feel stronger than ever about their decision.
"Our dream was to arrive in Israel, to serve in the army and to build our lives here, and that we're doing it together only helps and gives more strength to continue and to give our all," the twins said during a break in between training.
Roni and Eitan currently live with their older sister who also made aliyah several years ago, and who said she is proud of their service as combat soldiers in the IDF, and their decision to make their lives in Israel.