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Published on May 14th, 2017 | by Israel's Voice Staff

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A lone soldier’s clandestine journey from Iran to top-secret IDF unit

By Danny Brenner

Cpl. Y. left relatives behind in Iran; unlike other lone soldiers, he has not seen them since moving to Israel and probably never will again • “I knew it was a one-way trip. Close family members knew what my intention was and were very opposed,” he says.

Thousands of lone soldiers from numerous countries serve in the Israel Defense Forces. The majority, who left behind parents and friends, a promising career and an easier life, came with one goal in mind: to contribute their fair share to Israel’s security.

Cpl. Y. is also a lone soldier, but he is very different from his comrades. Cpl. Y. is from Iran, an enemy state that threatens to destroy Israel and supports terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Y. left relatives behind in Iran, and unlike other lone soldiers, he has not seen his family since his arrival and probably never will again.

“Until I was older I never even thought about moving to Israel,” said the soldier who was born and raised in Iran and who for the past year and 10 months has been serving in a sensitive position in a classified unit in the IDF.

“Only after finishing high school and working a bit, I suddenly decided that what I want to do is move to Israel, build my life there and also serve in the army,” he said.

Y. and his sister left Iran on a “vacation.” Once outside the Islamic republic, the path to Israel was far easier.

“I knew it was a one-way trip. Close family members knew what my intention was and were very much against it, but I was determined, despite knowing it was a difficult goodbye and that I might never see my relatives again,” Y. said.

Upon his arrival, Y. enrolled in a language school to learn Hebrew while also working part time. Then, when he was 22 years old, he enlisted and joined a classified unit in the IDF.

“I’m really happy in the army. I’m treated very well and I feel I’m doing what’s in my heart, and mostly — contributing to the country’s security,” he said.

“As the years go by, the sense of separation from my family in Iran is becoming more and more acute. After I had already moved to Israel, my father continued to oppose the step I took, and I had guilty feelings over leaving them behind in Iran. I thought maybe I had made a mistake. Things have changed in the meantime. In conversations with my father I feel he has accepted the reality, and even though he misses me very much, he is happy for my happiness and success, is proud of me and gives me his blessing,” he said.

“I know they are OK in Iran, and the Jews there aren’t suffering or being hurt. One thing is for sure, I will never go back to Iran. Therefore, all I can do is dream that one day I will be able to return and see my father and other family members still there,” Y. said.

Source Israel Hayom 

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