PM Benjamin Netanyahu hosts lone soldiers in his sukkah, Oct. 13, 2019. (Koby Gideon/GPO) (Koby Gideon/GPO)
Netanyahu lone soldiers sukkot

Prime Minister Netanyahu hosted lone soldiers on Sunday in his sukkah at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem and spoke with their parents by video.

By United with Israel Staff

On Sunday, ahead of the seven-day Jewish festival of Sukkot, which began that evening, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted “lone soldiers” at the sukkah at his residence in Jerusalem.

A lone soldier is one who serves in the IDF and has no family in the country.

“There are three soldiers here who immigrated to Israel from Australia, Ukraine and Italy to serve in the IDF. I told them that the four species symbolize the unity of the Jewish people – the unity of the people and the unity that we need so much in the country,” the prime minister stated.

“I would like to take this opportunity to again wish a good year to all citizens of Israel and to the soldiers – men and women – who are serving and defending our state around the clock, not just on holidays. A good year and a happy Sukkot to you.”

Netanyahu met and spoke with combat engineer Sgt. Eddie Laufer, Jordan Valley Brigade 47th Battalion Cpl. Aleksandra Vodenskov and Givati Brigade Sgt. Alexander Sachs. They discussed their personal stories, their connection with their families and their service in the IDF.

The Prime Minister shared stories about his military service as well.

He also telephoned the soldiers’ parents and offered New Year and holiday greetings.