The LIBI Fund was founded in 1980 by then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin and then-Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan to realize the vision of David Ben-Gurion: to make the IDF an army of the people in service to the nation. The IDF is a reflection of the entire society of Israel and deals with all the problems affecting the Israeli society. American Friends of LIBI was established in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts by a small group of volunteers at the height of the Second Intifada. Since its incorporation, American Friends of LIBI has educated, cared for and stood by the soldiers of the IDF receiving countless donations from thousands of individuals, groups and supporters of the IDF around the world.
“Our soldiers prevail not by the strength of their weapons but by their sense of mission, by their consciousness of the justness of their cause, by a deep love for their country, and by their understanding of the heavy task laid upon them: to ensure the existence of our people in their homeland and to affirm, even at the cost of their lives, the right of the Jewish people to live their lives in their own state, free, independent and in peace.”
Chief of Staff of the IDF and Prime Minister of the State of Israel
“The main task of Israel’s Defense Forces is defending the State of Israel, but that is not their only function. The Army must also serve as a center for the pioneering education of Israel’s youth, for those born in Israel as for immigrants.”
David Ben Gurion,
Founding Father and First Prime Minister of the State of Israel
As an all-volunteer organization, we are proud that 95% of all donations are applied directly to projects that benefit the soldiers of the IDF.