(JNS) In light of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of IDF soldiers are being ordered to remain on base for an indefinite period of time to minimize their exposure. The IDF is taking such measures to remain vigilant against COVID-19 and maintain operational preparedness.
FIDF has implemented programs to address the emergency needs of soldiers quarantined on bases and at home. Its staff in Israel is distributing hygiene kits, yoga mats, gym equipment, packages of snacks and more to soldiers, and is working closely with the IDF to support their well-being and needs.
While quarantined on their bases, IDF soldiers are helping the Israeli national effort through blood drives and by managing two—and soon to be four—hotels that have been converted into quarantine and rehabilitation centers for the civilian population, all while maintaining operational alertness.
There is an urgent need for even more hygiene kits to be sent to the soldiers, and this is one of FIDF’s top priorities at this time.
“The IDF has always been the protector of the State of Israel—today more than ever…The IDF can never take a break—not for an hour, not for a minute, not for a second,” said FIDF national director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir.