Christian soldiers who fought terrorists – alongside Israeli soldiers battling Hezbollah back in the 1990s – now are getting a reward.
Israel365News is reporting that the Israeli government has confirmed that it is creating a new program to help veterans of the South Lebanon Army, those predominantly Lebanese Christian forces who fought beside Israel Defense Forces soldiers against terrorists.
Benny Gantz, the nation’s defense minister, and Finance Miister Avigdor Lieberman, said in a joint statement that Israel will be providing housing assistance to about 400 SLA soldiers currently living in Israel.
The IDF promoted the measure to the government, and explained eligible SLA veterans will get a one-time payment of $161,700.
“This sum will be granted to each of the eligible veterans between 2022-2026, in accordance with the ranking to be determined by an inter-ministerial team,” said the IDF reported. “The grant constitutes a solution for the housing shortage of around 400 families that were not properly accommodated upon their arrival in Israel.”
The benefits are being paid to those who served in the SLA under South Lebanon Army Law, or to the spouse of a deceased SLA veteran, provided that they reside in Israel, the program specifies.
The report explained Gantz said, “This is historic justice for those who fought with us, shoulder to shoulder, and who were torn from their homes and homelands. As someone who closed the gate during the [Israeli] withdrawal [from Lebanon] over 20 years ago, I feel major pride and privilege in being able to close this circle with those who fought alongside me and became an inseparable part of Israeli society.”
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