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Irina Lust glamorizes cocktail reception with hubby Herbert Lust of Nomura Securities
Irina Lust glamorizes cocktail reception with
hubby Herbert Lust of Nomura Securities

Elie Tahari makes a fashion statement with a contribution to FIDF
Elie Tahari makes a fashion statement with
a contribution to FIDF
 
Dr. Ruth raises the morale of U.S. Marines Steve Stewart, Lee Weiner and Paul Pinaud
Dr. Ruth raises the morale of U.S. Marines Steve Stewart, Lee Weiner and Paul Pinaud
Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi conferring with U.S. marine
Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi conferring with U.S. marine
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations, and Ambassador Ron Lauder
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish organizations, and Ambassador Ron Lauder
Maj. Gen. Uri Bar-Lev, Senior Israel Police & Public Security Attache for North America, and Gabriel Erem, Publisher of Lifestyles
Maj. Gen. Uri Bar-Lev, Senior Israel Police & Public Security Attache for North America, and
Gabriel Erem, Publisher of Lifestyles
Nuriya of the armyís K9 unit (from left); Netsanet of the armyís education unit; unidentified pilot, and Major Efrat Tene, IDF spokesperson
Nuriya of the armyís K9 unit (from left); Netsanet of the armyís education unit; unidentified pilot, and
Major Efrat Tene, IDF spokesperson
Singer Shai Terry (from left), with IDF band members Maya Itzkovich, trumpet, and Shiri Frumkin, clarinet
Singer Shai Terry (from left), with IDF band members Maya Itzkovich, trumpet, and
Shiri Frumkin, clarinet
FRIENDS OF IDF
Chief Of Staff Introduces
Dream Team In New York

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HIEF of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, brought 30 of his top troops with him when he came to New York in March. He introduced his Dream Team at a Friends of the IDF fundraising dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was emceed by syndicated radio host Monica Crowley.

"Shalom, yíall," said Daniel, one of the Dream Team members.

"Iím originally from Houston, Texas. Eight years ago I made aliyah and joined the IDF. Today I am a captain in the air force. I operate unmanned drones in the sky, watching over Israel."

Netsanet, also of the Dream Team, said she was born in Ethiopia. "Iím proud to wear this uniform. Iím a member of the education unit of IDF where I help members of my community."

Another member said he became a helicopter combat pilot in 1986. He went o medical school and became a pediatrician. He was part of the IDF medical mission in Haiti following the disastrous earthquake.

"In 12 days," he related, "we treated 1,000 patients, performed 300 life-saving operations, and delivered 16 babies in our field hospital. They named one baby Israel in honor of the IDF.

"We trained to save the state of Israel but I much prefer to save the lives of newborn babies in the name of the IDF."

For the 12th year, Benny Shabtai served as dinner chairman. He called for contributions from the audience of 1,400. Fashion designer Elie Tahari responded with $100,000. The Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York donated $500,000. The Genesis Philanthropy Group added $750,000. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews pledged $4 million. It went like that until $20 million was raised for the welfare of Israelís soldiers.

Guy Banai, an Israeli guest at the dinner, who is deaf and spoke through a sign language translator, tearfully related how his son was so happy to join the IDFís Givati Brigade combat unit even though, as the son of deaf parents, he was exempt.

Liran was struck down by Palestinian terrorists who attacked his jeep on the Gaza border.

Sgt. Todd Bowers of the U.S. Marines was so moved that he lifted himself from his plate of prime ribs to announce a personal donation of $1,000 in memory of the fallen son, Staff Sgt. Liran Banai.

Speaking by video from Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said he is ready to talk peace with Syria. "If the leader of Syria wants peace like Egyptís Anwar Sadat," he said, "then yes, we can have peace."

 

 
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