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Amputee Soldier Proposes to Girlfriend at FIDF Gala

An IDF soldier, severely wounded by a terrorist attack in 2012, asked his girlfriend to marry him in front of 1,000 supporters at an FIDF dinner in Miami.
Capt. Ziv Shilon proposed to his girlfriend, Adi Sitbon, at an FIDF Gala, Feb. 27, 2014

Capt. Ziv Shilon proposed to his girlfriend, Adi Sitbon, at an FIDF Gala, Feb. 27, 2014
Photo Credit: Friends of the IDF

People who don’t know him, might consider Capt. Ziv Shilon, an unlucky man.

A year and a half ago, Shilon was serving in the Givati Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces. As he checked the security fence near Kissufim on the border with Gaza, an explosive device went off. The 25 year old commander lost his right arm.

Shilon’s left hand was also severely wounded, and he sustained widespread burns from the terrorist attack. Shilon endured many surgeries since the attack.

‘I remember losing one hand and then seeing the other one crushed. I held one hand with the other. I put myself into the car and told the paramedic to use a tourniquet,” Shilon told reporters from his hospital bed.

But those who know Capt. Shilon know that he believes himself to be a lucky man. Shortly after the incident that so badly damaged him, Shilon sent a message to the soldiers serving in his unit. He told them he loved them and that he was feeling great.

“It is just amazing to receive all of this love. There is nothing to fear. The IDF is strong and will prevail in any situation. This kind of thing happens. Part of the job is to risk our lives in order to protect the citizens of Israel,” Shilon said in his message.

Just three months after the terrorist attack, Shilon was reunited with his company’s soldiers to perform a task his injuries had delayed. He helped to distribute to them their combat pins.  The words he shared with his soldiers that day are magnificent.

“On the day that I was injured, I received an additional challenge: To stay alive and to recover as much as I was able, in order that one day I would merit commanding good people like you one more time.

You are required, as a handful of our best sons, to take a break from your lives and give of yourselves, all for one purpose: that the State of Israel, the Jewish State, will continue to exist, and things like the Holocaust and anti-Semitism will never happen again. ‘He who neither slumbers nor sleeps will guard over Israel’ (Psalm 121:4). My dear soldiers, rise up and succeed, congratulations and thank you for an incredible time.”

That event was shared only with the soldiers in his company. And they already knew what kind of human being Shilon was.

Now many more people will know about Shilon’s resilience, the very happy outlook he has, and his willingness to share joy with others.

On Thursday evening, Feb. 27, Shilon was a featured speaker at the Friends of the IDF Greater Miami Chapter Gala.

The theme of the dinner was “Saluting the Women of the IDF.” Shilon took the opportunity to expand on that message.

Before the 1,000 FIDF supporters at the dinner, Shilon asked his girlfriend to come up to the stage. Then he said,

We, the combat soldiers, are not the only ones who are doing a great job, but so are our wives, sisters, mothers and girlfriends who support us and give us the opportunity to serve Israel. FIDF says that our job is to protect Israel; their job is to give us the reason. I wanted to take this opportunity to ask my girlfriend, Adi, just one question. You are my hope, my rock, and my everything. I wanted to ask you, will you marry me?

As Shilon said the words, his girlfriend, Adi Sitbon, beamed and then hugged her fiance.

The FIDF Gala was held at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, FL, and raised over $3.3 million for the well being of IDF soldiers.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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10 Responses to “Amputee Soldier Proposes to Girlfriend at FIDF Gala”

  1. Hello? Hello? Hello? Did she say YES? For G-d's Sake! The suspense is killing us! I mean, it says here that she beamed and hugged him. but did she say YES????? Please answer before Shabbat!

  2. Millie Kashuk says:

    WHAT AN INSPIRING TRUE STORY, MAZEL TOV TO SHILON AND ADI…………

  3. May Hashem protect Capt. Shilon for the rest of his life and Mazel tof from a old Givati Brigate (1948 ) member.

  4. What a beautiful way to "Tell the World"!

  5. Dita Gould says:

    Mazal tov ! I love feelgood stories like this.

  6. Chaiya Eitan says:

    I salute you, Capt. Shilon. And mazal tov! And I thank those at FIDF for helping our soldiers.

  7. Linda Saban says:

    Mazaltov Capt. Shilon, you are an inspiration to many. May your happiness as a soon to be married man be blessed with only the best of all the good things in life, including good health and prosperity

  8. A perfect example of why Israel is great. God bless him and his soon to be wife.

  9. That is true love. God be with Israel.

  10. I FELT MUCH PRIDE OF THE YOUNG COUPLES FAITH AND DEDACATION TO THEIR HOME LAND

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