Q&A with a Colombian lone soldier

"I said to myself that Israel is my place, and I told myself that I had to stay and defend my country."

November 20, 2014 16:10
2 minute read.

Lone Soldier Raymond Chalki. (photo credit: IDF)


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When Raymond Chaki, stepped off the plane in Israel in 2012, he had no intent of staying longer than a year, let alone making aliya (immigrating) and joining the army. The 23-year-old South American had never been to Israel before, and once his MASA program ended, his plan was to return back to his home country.

Today he is an Israeli citizen serving in the IDF. The Colombian soldier spoke with The Jerusalem Post about what led him to join the army, and his journey in Israel so far.


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