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Two Lone Soldiers from U.S. Among the 13 Israelis Who Fell in Gaza

IDF soldiers Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli

IDF soldiers Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli
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TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a public statement at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on Sunday night, following the deaths of the 13 Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade who were killed since Saturday night fighting in Gaza during heavy combat with Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

“The heart of the entire nation is with the families of the fallen. We feel your pain. We bow our head to your sons who fell so that we can continue living here. On behalf of the Government and the entire People of Israel, I would like to express the deep pain that we feel,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Of the 13 soldiers, two were U.S. citizens; Sean Carmeli with dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship of South Padre Island, Texas and Max Steinberg of Los Angeles, California.

The two were part of a team of seven Israeli soldiers, who were all killed when an explosive device reportedly detonated on their armored vehicle according to the official IDF blog. In the second incident, terrorists opened fire at two IDF soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip, killing one soldier while the second returned fire. Later, two IDF soldiers were killed in an attack by a terrorist squad in northern Gaza and three IDF soldiers lost their lives trapped in a burning building.

“At the outset we knew, and I also said, that this could be a long campaign but from the history of our people we know a simple truth – the eternal people do not fear a long road. We are proud of our heroic soldiers. With the Almighty’s help, and theirs, we will succeed,” the Israeli prime minister said on Sunday evening, July 20.

More information about Sean Carmeli and Max Steinberg was given by The Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center, an organization that assists lone soldiers throughout their IDF Service.

Founded by a group of former lone soldiers who came to Israel on their own to serve in the IDF, the center is named after Michael Levin, an Israeli paratrooper originally from Pennsylvania who was killed in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

According to the center’s post, Sean Carmeli was a returning citizen who came from a small town in Texas. “Everything may be bigger in Texas, but the beaches and parties could not distract a native-son from returning home to defend and protect his people…” the center posted on its Facebook page in honor of Carmeli’s memory.

Steinberg, served as a Golani sniper, came “from a proud Zionist home” in LA and “did everything he could to stand up and fight for what was right,” the post continued.

“They made the ultimate sacrifice, in an attempt to rid the world of one of the most evil, unimaginable and horrible organizations to ever exist,” the post concluded.

About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.


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66 Responses to “Two Lone Soldiers from U.S. Among the 13 Israelis Who Fell in Gaza”

  1. Prayers for their families. Love and prayers to Israel.

  2. Prayers for their families. Love and prayers to Israel.

  3. Jane Folkard says:

    God Bless the IDF. Love and support from Oz.

  4. Jane Folkard says:

    God Bless the IDF. Love and support from Oz.

  5. Two Jewish men making the ultimate sacrifice. I am humbled by their bravery and honor their sacrifice. To their families: as you mourn know that you can be proud as well. Every Jewish person thanks you and your fallen sons.

  6. Two Jewish men making the ultimate sacrifice. I am humbled by their bravery and honor their sacrifice. To their families: as you mourn know that you can be proud as well. Every Jewish person thanks you and your fallen sons.

  7. Robert Perry says:

    Need a few good marine recon snipers there..one shot…one kill…lol

  8. what will that muslim lover obama have to say now God bless them

  9. what will that muslim lover obama have to say now God bless them

  10. Ellis Isaac says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families.

  11. Ellis Isaac says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families.

  12. Obummer called Bibi and that he was concerned for Gaza lives. Blood boiling yet?

  13. Obummer called Bibi and that he was concerned for Gaza lives. Blood boiling yet?

  14. יהי זכרם ברוך

  15. יהי זכרם ברוך

  16. I am so sad. R.I.P. Prayers for the family.

  17. I am so sad. R.I.P. Prayers for the family.

  18. Kim Sloan says:

    RIP brave soldiers.

  19. Kim Sloan says:

    RIP brave soldiers.

  20. Praying for Israel and Jerusalem

  21. Those 2 soldiers had more bravery in their right hand then I have in my whole body. True hero’s that fought for what they believed in. Very heavy hearted for their families.

  22. Those 2 soldiers had more bravery in their right hand then I have in my whole body. True hero’s that fought for what they believed in. Very heavy hearted for their families.

  23. Dorothy you are ignorant – the Jews do everything in self defense and you apologists will cry the loudest of Israel should ever fall – because the jihadists will come after you and yours next.

  24. Ed Kaplan says:

    Dorothy Milnes-Simm, I’m also pleased that your don’t call yourself Jewish. We don’t need you. God does approve of Israel protecting herself. Bless Israel &the IDF.

  25. Ed Kaplan says:

    Dorothy Milnes-Simm, I’m also pleased that your don’t call yourself Jewish. We don’t need you. God does approve of Israel protecting herself. Bless Israel &the IDF.

  26. Don Hogue says:

    God bless the sacrifice of these 13 young men.

  27. Don Hogue says:

    God bless the sacrifice of these 13 young men.

  28. Pray for the unbeleive, that they hear the Lord calling for them to know Him as their Lord and Savior, Amen!

  29. God Bless those Heros. Our soldiers and IDF are the best. I pray their families have Peace in knowing they did what they believed in. They are with our Father in Heaven. We will see our loved one again.

  30. God Bless those Heros. Our soldiers and IDF are the best. I pray their families have Peace in knowing they did what they believed in. They are with our Father in Heaven. We will see our loved one again.

  31. God Bless those Heros. Our soldiers and IDF are the best. I pray their families have Peace in knowing they did what they believed in. They are with our Father in Heaven. We will see our loved one again.

  32. Good Grief Dorothy how much is Israel suppose to take? God is not only looking down. He is with them against those they want to destroy them.

  33. Les Martin says:

    they were not ‘Lone soldiers from US’..they were with their brothers in arms & serving countrymen..Israelis.G-d bless their ultimate sacrifice.

  34. Jo Torres says:

    RIP so young and brave

  35. Mike Minoff says:

    May all their memories be a blessing

  36. PEACE FOREVER AND EVER…

  37. May they rest in peace and the families have shalom

  38. May they rest in peace and the families have shalom

  39. May they rest in peace and the families have shalom

  40. More leftist Democrats using this article to stir up hate against the Jewish people and Israel over this. http://scgnews.com/the-gaza-bombardment-what-youre-not-being-told

  41. A great loss indeed may their souls rest in peace may the families they left behind find strength in God to bear the loss Amen

  42. More of it, this video made from so called “facts” from the article posted below. I will not be on this guys’ youtube feed anylonger! http://youtu.be/iXRO1YFreNA

  43. Sam Bromley says:

    God is on the side of the Israelis!!! Hamas has sent over 1,705 rockets with the intent of murdering children by the 1,000s. They are just poor shots. Israel protects itself with precision firing of missiles at those firing these rockets making sure they hit their target and not kill civilians! FACT! The only problem is, these Hamas cowards strap children onto their backs and place their rockets in the homes of children for the exact purpose for liberals to blame Israel for killing babies! FACT! Israel is saving children by wiping Hamas off the face of the earth!!!!!!!!!!! ISRAEL, GOD CHOSEN PEOPLE!!

  44. MAY God be with all 13 soldiers families they all were fighting for ISRAEL.MAY THEY R.I.P ALL BRAVE SOLDIERS.GOD BE WITH ISRAEL

  45. My heart goes out to their families. RIP.

  46. Champ Styles says:

    G-d rest their souls, Baruch Hashem

  47. Brus Blade says:

    Its the sign of End Times and the Jews will reign over their Muslim beothers..go Israel WIPE the Hamas OFF this planet!!

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