MKs call to increase aid for lone soldiers after IDF service

A third of all immigrant lone soldiers who want to stay in Israel leave because they struggle here, but increased government aid could encourage more of them to stay, MKs in the Caucus for Lone Soldiers said Monday.

A report by the Knesset’s Research and Information Center found that half of lone immigrant soldiers – meaning IDF soldiers who have no immediate family in Israel – choose to leave Israel immediately after their service. Of the half that choose to stay in Israel, another third leave within a short time of finishing their IDF service.

There are currently 3,687 lone immigrant soldiers in the IDF, and 1,200-1,400 enlist each year.


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