Elan and Josh Miller aban­don Lon­don to vol­un­teer in the IDF

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

THE NORTH-LON­DON brothers have left their Lon­don life be­hind to join the Is­raeli Defence Forces — and ful­fil a long-stand­ing dream.

Elan and Josh Miller from Hen­don, aged 20 and 19 re­spec­tively, are vol­un­teer­ing as fight­ers in the Is­raeli army. Elan, who ar­rived in Is­rael two years ago, is now a qual­i­fied tank driver, while Josh, who moved in Septem­ber 2006, is a foot-sol­dier in the Golani brigade. They both plan to make aliyah.

“We love it,” Elan (pic­tured left) tells Peo­ple. “There is a real sense of ful­fil­ment. I am do­ing some­thing to show my love for other Jews.” Josh says: “I al­ways thought it would be scary for me to join the army, but over the past year I re­alised I could do it if I wanted to. I am proud to fight for my right to be in the promised land.”

How do their par­ents feel about it? “They are very proud and pretty scared,” ad­mits Elan. “It’s not an easy thing for them but they know it’s what we be­lieve in.”

The boys’ sis­ter, Gabriella, 15, also plans to make aliyah. “I woke up to the fact that peo­ple are try­ing to kill Jews for be­ing Jews. Al­though this is a bit over­sim­pli­fied, I do not want to let this hap­pen. I wanted to be proac­tive.”

They re­turn to Lon­don this sum­mer.

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