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December 5, 2016 / 5 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Givati’

A Soldier’s Mother: Givati

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Elie was drafted into Artillery. It was a soft landing for me…or at least I thought it was at the time. Elie’s commanding officer, Ohr, came and told me that Artillery soldiers always fight on the periphery. In war, he explained, they need to be many kilometers behind the front lines; in non-war (no, I can’t write peace) situations, they hold the lines outside while Golani and Givati and Paratroopers go into the villages…Arab villages. It was a lie. But I bought it and by the time I realized it wasn’t true, I had settled into a better understanding of the army.

Shmulik was drafted into Kfir but before he could finish the advanced training, he was moved into a combat support role, rather than combat, because he was experiencing terrible migraine headaches. He was given an amazing commander and role model and completed his service with that officer. While he could easily have been in dangerous situations (and I know he was in dangerous places), there was no advance warning that there was danger or that tensions were rising.

Now Davidi has been drafted – into Givati…Givati is one of the units of ground forces. Once, there was Golani, which focused on the Golan; Givati, which focused on the south; Paratroopers…I’m not sure where they focused…and now there is Kfir, which focuses on Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). Only, that’s not really true – Golani can often be found in the south; Givati can be in the most dangerous places up north.

But for my family, Givati is where we started – our first real encounter with the army; and Givati is where we will end – God willing when Davidi turns 40-something and finishes with miluim. It’s a circle, in a way, perhaps several of them. Yakov went into Givati and was a sharpshooter; Chaim went into another division of Kfir at the same time as Shmulik and was also chosen to be one of the unit’s sharpshooters…and now Davidi has been chosen to go into Givati and like his two adopted brothers, given the task of sharpshooter.

Givati scares me to a depth I can’t admit to David. I didn’t know enough when Yakov was in to be scared and truthfully, back then, we didn’t seem to be going to war every two or four years. I started to cry when I heard David was going in to Givati; worse, I did something no mother should do…I cried in front of my son and told him if something happens to him, I’ll die. I will. I can’t go on
without him. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. And so he was comforting me, saying words that we all know are meaningless – but what else could he say to a mother whose eyes are filled with tears. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

I don’t want Givati. I think they are amazing, brave…I don’t want my son to be amazing and brave. They are strong. I don’t want him to be strong either. I do…I know I do…but Givati. They don’t hold the perimeter…okay, Artillery didn’t either; it was a lie. Elie came home one time and told me, “Ima, they have some really tall buildings in Kalkilya.”

“Why do you know that?” I asked him; knowing the answer already. Ohr lied to me.

But with Davidi, I knew from the beginning. There is no pretense. Givati goes in. Givati doesn’t hold the perimeter…ever. Davidi’s commanding officer came to visit us. He was actually Davidi’s commanding officer’s deputy commanding officer and his name is Shaked. Shaked didn’t lie…not exactly. He told me that if there will be a war this summer, David’s group will be sent to a checkpoint to relieve other Givati soldiers so that they can go into Gaza, if needed. He said Davidi’s unit wouldn’t go in. Not this summer. I don’t know if it is a lie yet but I know under certain circumstances, it could be.

And even if it is the truth this summer, what of next summer? And the one after that?

The tune for Givati’s “anthem” goes through my brain at the strangest times. “I have heard the sound of the wind,” Givati soldiers sing. “It is the spirit that is named Givati.” My son hears the sound of the wind. My son dreams Givati; he breathes Givati.

Years ago, Elie’s unit was involved in a terror attack. He wasn’t there but more than 20 boys were wounded, some seriously, when a young Arab got mad at his family for not allowing him to marry his cousin and so, to express his disappointment and anger, he rammed the family vehicle into Elie’s unit. Even knowing that Elie had been “busy” doing something else and so wasn’t with them at the time of the attack, I found little comfort. As I sat alone in the middle of the night with tears running down my face trying desperately to find some balance before facing others, I heard, for the first time in my life, my heart screaming.

I looked around wondering why others couldn’t hear it. It was so loud but it was a sound only I could hear. That was what I realized as people came over and asked me silly questions. I’m the only one who can hear my heart screaming. Then…and now, sometimes, my heart screams…David is in Givati doing well. He meets each challenge…next week, they walk more than 30 kilometers over a few hours; he is climbing, scaling, shooting…and my heart screams. I didn’t want Givati; I want to believe the lies and Shaked didn’t really lie.

By son now dreams Givati; my son now breathes Givati.

Givati “Anthem”

Facing the light of dawns and spring sunsets
I have heard the sound of the wind [also spirit]
It is the spirit that wanders around
It is the spirit that is named Givati

Those who dream Givati, those who breathed Givati
Those who walked with us down the paths
They repeat the name Givati
And again they recite the name Givati

With Givati we continue forward
And today they return and carry with them the comradeship I swore upon
They return to the map from desert and sea
And carry the spirit of Givati

Those who dream Givati, those who breathed Givati
Those who walked with us down the paths
They repeat the name Givati
And again they recite the name Givati
With Givati we continue forward

Paula Stern

‘Hummus Rights Violations’ Upset BDS Protesters at Brown University

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

It’s amazing, the lengths to which the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement will go in its endless “struggle” against Israel.

They’re battling in the dining halls of the college unions. They’re fighting in the dishes of the creamed garbanzos wherein lie the delectable pools of spice and olive oil.

I mean, they’re fighting over hummus, readers.

And sure enough, Brown University has caved, diplomatically adding another hummus selection to their menu to appease the insatiable appetites of those who can’t find enough garbanzos to suit them in the dining hall.

That is, the school’s Dining Services has added the Cedar firm to the hummus list in addition to the high-quality Sabra company.

Not that there is anything wrong with Cedar.

But the entire thing has become ridiculous. Sabra is an American company. However, because it is owned in part by the Israeli Strauss Group, it is targeted by the BDS movement.

Why? Because Strauss has donated food and care packages to IDF Givati and Golani Brigade units.

But when a university dining hall bows to the bark of a local student group speaking as a mouthpiece for a national pro-Palestinian Authority political entity in America, the U.S. really is in trouble.

Peter Makhlouf, graduating this year from Brown, said on behalf of ‘Students for Justice in Palestine’ — a national agitator group — that the two IDF brigades were “accused many times in the past of human rights violations” and “carried out several massacres in the West Bank and Gaza.”

He is adamant about his hummus, too, is Peter.

“It is very easy to trivialize a hummus boycott,” he declared. But the Dining Services movement is “the single strategy for Palestinian rights from our perspective as students,” Makhlouf stated.

He added that SJP “didn’t want to be purchasing a product that supported those human rights violations so we pushed for a boycott and an alternative.”

We wonder what Makhlouf will do for an alternative to the Intel chip he uses in his computer, the cellphone technology he uses to communicate with his political handlers and the medical technology that he relies upon to keep him healthy when he goes to the clinic.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu’s Son Enlists as Intelligence Combat Soldier

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Avner Netanyahu, one of the Prime Minister’s sons, enlisted as an intelligence combat soldier Monday morning, escorted by his parents and older brother Yair, who served in the IDF until his release two years ago.

They arrived at Ammunition Hill, where the new soldiers received a hug from his mother Sarah before leaving for basic training.

“We are proud and naturally also are worried,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu. “Everyone in the House of Israel knows this, and we are no different.

“I wish success to all soldiers in the IDF who enlisted today and to all of the parents who feel emotional as we do. Relax, everything will be all right, and it should be that all of the soldiers return home in peace.

The Prime Minister said he told his son at a farewell party Sunday, “Guard the country and guard yourself.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

IDF Neutralizes Multiple Terror Targets (with Details)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

3:00pm More IDF news — in the early afternoon, Givati and Tank troops were working to uncover terror tunnels and identified a number of terrorists emerging from a tunnel. The tanks opened fire with tank shells, and the terrorists ran to a nearby house. More shells were fired at the house, killing 3 terrorists. The IDF then blew up the terror tunnel.

2:51pm A short while ago, IDF Tzanchanim (Paratroopers) identified 4 terrorists in a house, preparing to shoot an anti-tank weapon. They coordinated with an IDF tank unit in the area which opened fire with tank shells on the house. The entire house collapsed and the terrorists were killed.

Additionally, a Givati unit located 150 mortars and an additional terror tunnel.

1:23pm From the IDF SPOX:

Givati combat troop and IDF tanks were shot at from a house in Gaza. The IDF returned fire. A terrorist was identified firing and then leaving the house and was picked up by a car for him to escape. The car was locked on by the IAF who fired at it….a direct hit on the car was verified.

Jameel@Muqata

Givati, Armored Corps Battle Hamas in Gaza

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

As Hamas terrorists continued Sunday to fire Qassam and mid-range rockets at Gaza Belt and coastal region communities in Israel in the first half of the day, IDF soldiers in the Givati Brigade and a division of the Armored Corps pressed on in their battle with the terrorists from inside Gaza.

At least one of the terrorists was spotted getting into a vehicle, attempting to escape — but IDF troops radioed the location to IAF fighter pilots, who launched an air strike on the target.

Pilots confirmed the hit according to the IDF. The spokesperson added there were no Israeli casualties in the exchange.

Jewish Press News Briefs

In Israel, Leadership No Guarantee Against Loss in Wartime

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

In Israel, a small country where nearly everyone knows someone who has served in the army — and nearly everyone has attended at least one military funeral because of it — political leadership is no guarantee against grief, not even for the defense minister.

Moshe ‘Boogie’ Ya’alon, once this country’s IDF Chief of Staff and who now serves as Minister of Defense, is a relative of the young man whose remains are to be laid to rest later today. Ya’alon personally came together with IDF officials on Saturday night to deliver the news to the family that his young kinsman was dead. It couldn’t have been easy.

A special committee led by IDF Chief Military Rabbi Rafi Peretz had declared the death of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin. The determination was made after reviewing all relevant medical information, circumstantial evidence and halachic (Jewish legal) criteria.

The relationship between Ya’alon and Goldin was not previously publicized due to concerns the information would be used by Hamas terrorists to further harm the young officer, assuming he was alive.

Ya’alon’s grandfather was Goldin’s great-grandmother’s brother.

“Hadar Goldin, may his memory be blessed, was a member of my family,” Ya’alon told media on Sunday. “I’ve known him since he was born. He and the other IDF fighters went into battle in order to return quiet and security to Israel. I embrace their families,” he said sorrowfully.

Goldin was an officer in Palsar Givati, an elite reconnaissance unit of the Givati infantry brigade. His unit was attacked by Hamas terrorists Friday, August 1 about an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian cease fire forced on Israel by the United States and the United Nations. The Israeli soldiers were ambushed in the southern Gaza border town of Rafah when a suicide bomber emerged from a tunnel and detonated himself near their unit, killing two of their men, both laid to rest earlier this weekend.

Other terrorists from the cell who quickly followed then grabbed Goldin and dragged him back into the tunnel. The men in his unit chased the terrorists but were unable to catch them; about 150 meters down the shaft, they found some of Goldin’s belongings.

Realizing they had to stop the cell from taking Goldin any farther, the elite unit began firing at targets in the surrounding area and took measures to effectively address the multiple entrances to the tunnel used by the terrorists as well.

Goldin and his girlfriend Edna became engaged just a few weeks ago, after the kidnapping and murder by Hamas terrorists of the three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion. The families of the young couple were working on their wedding preparations when they received the news the Givati officer was missing in action.

The family of Hadar Goldin has asked the Israeli public to join them in accompanying their son to his final resting place Sunday afternoon at the military plot in the Kfar Saba cemetery, at 4:30 pm local time.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Declares Death of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, [hy’d]

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Late Saturday night, the Goldin family of Kfar Saba received the sad news that a special IDF committee had concluded their son, 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, had fallen in combat the day before.

The 23 year old Givati platoon commander was killed in battle during the attack carried out by Hamas during a cease fire forced on Israel by the United States and the United Nations on Friday, August 1. The family was told there were enough pathological findings at the scene to declare their son’s death.

All Jewish laws, religious observances and medical criteria were taken into account prior to the ruling by a special committee headed by IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz, the IDF said in a statement to media.

A spokesperson for the family told media after the IDF announcement to thank the people of Israel for their support and to ask everyone to attend their son’s funeral “to accompany him on his final journey.”

Details are to be announced.

Goldin died in Rafah when a Hamas suicide bomber emerged from a tunnel near the Givati force and detonated himself as a diversion. Additional terrorists then attacked Goldin’s force, killing two soldiers – Major Benaya Sarel and Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni.

The terrorists then dragged Goldin into a tunnel and later claimed he was alive.

But on Saturday a spokesman from the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas said the group had lost contact with the terror cell that had been sent to ambush the platoon. He said they believed they were dead, and probably Goldin as well.

As soon as Goldin was dragged into the tunnel, other members of his platoon raced in after him to try and prevent the abduction, but they were too late.

During that search, the unit found Goldin’s personal effects during the initial search, 20 meters underground.

Their next move was to prevent the terrorists from taking Goldin farther away; they began firing in all directions and destroyed targets in as many areas as possible, including buildings, vehicles and sending smoke down the tunnel in order to kill the terrorists who had taken their commander. It is probable that Goldin also died in that effort but highly unusual for Hamas to admit that as well.

It is not clear why, in fact, the terror group is, in fact, not claiming they have a live captive – or any captive at all.

The soldier’s family was notified in person by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, along with the head of the IDF Personnel Directorate, Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai and Chief Military Rabbi Peretz.

“The IDF will continue to support the family, and escort them through the grieving period,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in its statement.

Hundreds of Israelis were gathered outside the Goldin home earlier in the evening to show their support for the family. The parents of the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in Gush Etzion in June, (Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’ar) also came to visit with the family and show their support. “We’re with them during this difficult time,” Avraham Frenkel, father of Naftali Frenkel, said.

Hana Levi Julian

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