Even as Israel is embroiled in a wave of Arab terrorism, Danny and Susan Newman joined 65 North American Jews making aliyah to Israel on Wednesday.
The couple, who are the parents of an IDF officer, told Arutz Sheva about their experience immigrating with Nefesh B'Nefesh in such troubled times.
Danny Newman noted that their son was "not only a lone soldier but a lone officer" before they arrived.
"We sent him to the army about two years ago, he was in Golani," noted the father. "He served in both Operation Brother's Keeper and Operation Protective Edge (in the summer of 2014), he finished an officer's course and went straight into Protective Edge."
Asked about how it was being so far from their son as he was on the battlefront in Gaza, he said, "we didn't have an opportunity to speak to him because they took his phone away…for about two-and-a-half to three weeks."
The concerned mother added that her son was not only a lone soldier but also an only son, and therefore she could have had him taken out of service if she wanted, but decided to respect his desire to serve the country.
On the last day of Passover while on vacation in Eilat, Susan recalls making the decision to immigrate, saying "okay it's time, it's enough. It's time."
When asked about the terror attacks that have been building in recent weeks, Danny said "these terror waves come in spurts, that why I have a son who's an officer, he can take care of it."
"I think here you worry much less" in Israel than in the exile, he concluded.