On August 28, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman attended the grand opening of a “Warm Corner” rest station for soldiers that was recently built in Nokdim. Along with the Israel Defense Force’s Gush Etzion division commander, the regional head of Gush Etzion, members of the municipality and town residents, he was there to celebrate the latest addition to an important project that daily benefits soldiers serving throughout Israel.
Yashar LaChayal (“Straight to the Soldier”), a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian support to Israeli soldiers, considers the “Warm Corner” project to be one of its most important campaigns. Every rest station built by Yashar LaChayal hosts combat soldiers in the area who must take regular breaks as they patrol the surrounding region in armored vehicles. The “Warm Corners” benefit residents of the towns in which they are built, as they draw army patrols to the communities’ main entrances and give those in the area an added sense of security.
The Nokdim rest station, like the others built by Yashar LaChayal, will now offer free food, hot and cold beverages and a comfortable place to rest for the soldiers during their shifts, which can last upwards of 12 hours, day or night. It is fully furnished with kitchen appliances such as a refrigerator, microwave and toaster, as well as a phone charging-station and television. Each rest station is built thanks to the generosity of individual donors, synagogue congregations and partner organizations, with the newest addition in Nokdim being sponsored by the Helping Israel Fund, which also provides $200 a month to maintain and stock the “Warm Corner.”
Nokdim now joins Negohot, Tekoa, Otniel, Einav and Ateret in hosting rest stations built by Yashar LaChayal. An additional five are currently in the process of being built, including one in Neve Tzuf, which recently suffered a terrible terrorist attack that left three members of a family murdered. Hopefully, the chain of rest stations being built by Yashar LaChayal throughout the country will continue to be, as Defense Minister Lieberman called them, a “very important contribution” to the welfare of Israel’s soldiers.
To find out more about the “Warm Corner” Project: https://www.yasharlachayal.org/project/the-warm-corner-project/
By Amichai Bacharach