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May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
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Rivlin Meets Parents of IDF Lone Soldiers who Fell During Operation Protective Edge

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

On Monday evening, Jan. 26, the President and First Lady of Israel, Reuven and Nechama Rivlin, met in New York with parents of IDF Lone Soldiers who fell in battle during Operation Protective Edge.

The President and his wife met with Evie and Stuart Steinberg, parents of Sgt. Max Steinberg, and Rachel and David Adir, parents of Lt. Liran Adir.

Max served in the Golani Brigade, and fell in combat in the Gaza Strip. In an emotional tribute, over 30,000 Israelis attended his funeral in Jerusalem.

Liran served in the Armored Corps and also fell in combat in the Gaza Strip, just three weeks after he had married. He was also buried in Israel. The president invited both Max and Liran’s parents to be his guests at the United Nations for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Special Session scheduled for this Wednesday.

The President warmly embraced the Steinberg and Adir families and said,

The citizens of the State of Israel, and the Jewish people as a whole owe you a debt which can never be repaid. You have lost what was most precious to you. You have endured the unthinkable, the loss of a child. We share in your grief, we share in your pain, and indeed, we share in your pride, that your dear children were dedicated to defending the Jewish people, and the Jewish homeland. Your children are our children, and we promise to preserve their brave legacy as defenders of the people and the country.

David, father of Liran Adir, told the Rivlins about the great loss they had suffered, and how they missed their son. “I cannot accept he is gone” Adir said.

Stuart, father of Max, said that, “Max had a mission, and he followed that mission, and that is the feeling that I carry with me. If only I was able to undo what has happened, but I can’t and so I find comfort in that Max fulfilled his mission.”

Max’s mother, Evie, explained to the President how proud Max was to serve in – and wear the uniform of – the IDF.

“Max was always so tough, even though he was not so big. He always carried the heaviest of burdens, and never gave up, even with the most challenging of physical obstacles,” Mrs. Steinberg said, “I have saved all the messages he sent me, and find comfort in the knowledge of how much he loved the State of Israel.”

Massive Rock-Throwing Ambush another Sign that Jerusalem Is a Divided City

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Rock-throwing terrorists from eastern Jerusalem Thursday night ambushed the car of a family that made a wrong turn on the way to their son’s IDF Golani Division swearing-in ceremony.

The soldier’s father suffered light facial wounds after the rock-throwers smashed the windows and windshield of the car, and the family said it was a miracle they were able to escape alive.

The terror began with instructions from the GPS, which does not take into account security dangers and often has taken drivers through dangerous areas.

“It was a near-lynch,” the English word often used in Hebrew to describe a deadly ambush. “I feel that it was a miracle that we escaped,” Ettie Cohen, mother of the soldier, told YNet.

The family was in the area of the Western Wall and was told by the navigating system to make a right turn on what turned out to be road leading to the heart of Wadi Joz, a dangerous neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, in turmoil following claims from an Arab family that their son has turned into a vegetable after police allegedly hit him with a rubber bullet in a riot.

“I still am in shock over what happened to us.” said Ettie.

The Cohen family is from Ramat Gan, next to Tel Aviv, and is not familiar with the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem.

“We depended on the GPS program that told us to turn right,” she said. “For the first few seconds, everything was okay. Our daughter, who was driving, serves in the intelligence unit of the IDF and knows Arabic. She said, ”Isn’t it funny that everything here is in Arabic,’ and I started to get a bit nervous.

“We were on a narrow street, and people began to look at us as if to say, ‘What are you doing here?’”

The Cohen family soon asked itself the same question, realizing they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“There were two cars in front of us, and suddenly a child, around 12 years old, came up to the window where my husband was sitting…. The child banged on the window while we were driving. All of a sudden, three cars in front of us created a traffic jam by simply stopping without any reason.”

Actually, there was a reason – an ambush.

“Building blocks started flying at us,” she continued.. ”The first one smashed the rear window, and I couldn’t believe what was happening to us. Another one hit the window where my husband was sitting, and he was hurt in the face. The third block smashed the windshield and headrest where a friend of our son was sitting.”

The young girl who was driving “freaked out” for a second but then took control of her senses and slammed her foot on the gas, driving on to the sidewalk and skirting the ambush while Ettie was screaming on the phone to the police.”

When she was finally able to tell the police where they were driving, the officer said, “Don’t drive there. It is dangerous.”

Isn’t that wonderful police protection?

Another police officer told the driver what road to take, and the Cohen family finally got of Wadi Joz, literally with their lives.

Their car was smashed up by blocks and rocks, but Ettie Cohen is happy everyone is in one piece. Her husband is recovering from light facial wounds.

She advises people not to rely on GPS systems in the Old City.

The police said they are beefing up patrols in eastern Jerusalem.

Barbed wire divided Jerusalem after Jordan took possession of the eastern, northern and southern parts of the city in the War for Independence in 1948. Israel removed the barbed wire and united the city in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Golani Platoon Commander Injured in Tunnel Collapse

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Released for publication:

Golani 12 Battalion Commander (Magad), Shai Siman-Tov, was seriously injured yesterday, after a Gaza tunnel collapsed on him.

Siman-Tov was transported to a hospital for surgery.

Refuah Shleimah

An Israeli Hero Returns to Fight

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Col. Rasan Alian, commander of the Golani Brigade, was wounded while fighting Hamas in Gaza. On July 22, he returned to his troops after recovering in Israel.

20,000 Escort Sean Carmeli to Final Resting Place

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Nissim Sean Carmeli (21) HY”D, a lone soldiers killed in Gaza, in Operation Protective Edge on July 20th, was laid to rest on Monday night at 11pm, in the military cemetery in Neve David, Haifa.

Sean was one of the two lone soldiers from the US, who were killed in the July 20th battle in Shejaiya, Gaza. 13 IDF soldier were killed in that fight.

Sean’s parents are Israeli, but moved to Texas, where Sean grew up. Sean decided to come to Israel for High School, and stayed on, eventually joining the Golani unit where he served with distinction and honor.

There was concern, as Carmeli was a lone soldier, that not many people would show up for his funeral. WhatsApp messages went out, informing people as to the time and place of the funeral.

More than 20,000 people showed up to escort slain IDF Golani soldier, Sean Carmeli, to his final resting place.

Cleared for Publication: 13 IDF Soldiers Killed

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Thirteen IDF soldiers were killed yesterday in heavy urban fighting in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza.

The soldiers were all from the Golani unit. HY”D.

The families have been notified, but the names have not yet been released to the public.

For the past two days, the IDF has been telling civilians in Sajaiya, a Hamas stronghold, to evacuate for their own safety.

Hamas deeply embedded themselves in the Sajaiya civilian population center and was using the neighborhood for rocket attacks against Israel, and the civilian population as human shields.

10 terror tunnels were found in Sajaiya.

Throughout the day, Hamas has been milking the Sajaiya story claiming it was a massacre by the IDF against the civilian population.

The IDF was not able to release any information until, among other things, all the families of the killed soldiers were informed.

18 soldiers have been killed so far in Gaza since the ground operation began.

IDF Brigade Commander Injured in Fighting

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

10:00am Golani Brigade Commander (highest ranking officer in the field) was lightly wounded in Gaza fighting.

Colonel Ghassan Alian became Israel’s first Druze brigade commander forthe Golani unit in 2013.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-brigade-commander-injured-in-fighting/2014/07/20/

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