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Aharon Karov and his wife Tzvia on their wedding day. hours before he returned to the Gaza front and was critically wounded.

Second Lt. Aharon Karov, less than 24 hours after his own wedding, left his bride and returned to his vase in southern Israel to serve as a commander and led his soldiers into battle at the start of Operation Cast Lead.

He was critically wounded on the night of January 12, 2009, when Karov and his soldiers entered northern Gaza. They followed detailed intelligence information which led them to various houses and structures where terrorists were hiding. When they arrived at one of these houses, a powerful explosive was activated.

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Between 300 and 500 metal fragments penetrated his body, and he suffered from a major injury in his head and upper body.

Moments later, a complex rescue mission began to save the wounded officer. IDF medics performed life-saving procedures on the battlefield and in the air as Karov was evacuated by helicopter.

Over the next 12 hours, Karov underwent a set of complex and dangerous surgeries in order to remove part of his skull. His family was told that he was in critical condition and Karov was named the most severely wounded soldier during Operation Cast Lead.

Three weeks later, against all odds, Karov was released from the hospital to begin rehabilitation.

Karov began his recovery with a deep commitment to the treatments prescribed to him by the doctors as well as a bundle of support from his family. The process was long, exhausting, and touched the heart of the entire nation. Thousands of letters of encouragement and blessing strengthened him and aided him during his journey towards recovery.

This officer’s remarkable improvement is considered a miracle. When he regained the ability to speak, Karov’s first words were dedicated to his wife. He called her on the phone and told her, “Tzvia, I love you.”

Roughly two months after the incident in Gaza, Karov’s soldiers finished their training. Karov, who insisted on being a part of the ceremony for his soldiers, stood on his legs for almost 2 hours despite his physical condition. At the end of the ceremony, he pinned his soldiers with a pin declaring them fighters, and was then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant by the Paratroopers’ Brigade Commander.

Step-by-step, word-by-word, Karov inspired the entire nation. His condition improved faster than anyone would have believed and not long after his injury Karov did the impossible and participated in various races and even a marathon. The young couple also grew their family and Karov’s wife gave birth to two children: a girl who was born a year and a half after the incident and a boy a few years later.

Today, Karov shares his story across the country, mostly with young men and women who are about to join the army.

Even though the physical injury was deep and severe, his spirit was strengthened.

Operation Cast Lead restored quite in southern Israel for a couple of years, but the legacy established by Karov and many other soldiers will last for many generations to come.

Aharon Karov leaving the hospital.
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Know your enemy…Islamic rules from
    their book
    Take time and read, this is what
    those inbred barbaric goat shagging scum believe and are here to eliminate us
    20 Commandments of Muhammad the
    founder of Islam.
    1. Thou shall Rape, Marry, and
    Divorce Pre-pubescent Girls. Koran 65:4
    2. Thou shall have Sex Slaves and
    Work Slaves. Koran 4:3, 4:24, 5:89, 33:50, 58:3, 70:30
    3. Thou shall Beat Sex Slaves, Work
    Slaves, and Wives. Koran 4:34
    4. Thou shall have 4 Muslim male
    witnesses to prove rape. Koran 24:13
    5. Thou shall Kill those who insult
    Islam or Mohammed. Koran 33:57
    6. Thou shall Crucify and Amputate
    non-Muslims. Koran 8:12, 47:4
    7. Thou shall Kill non-Muslims to
    guarantee receiving 72 virgins in heaven. Koran 9:111
    8. Thou shall Kill anyone who
    leaves Islam. Koran 2:217, 4:89
    9. Thou shall Behead non-Muslims.
    Koran 8:12, 47:4
    10. Thou shall Kill AND be Killed
    for Islamic Allah. Koran 9:5
    11. Thou shall Terrorize
    non-Muslims. Koran 8:12, 8:60
    12. Thou shall Steal and Rob from
    non-Muslims. Koran Chapter 8 (Booty/Spoils of War)
    13. Thou shall Lie to Strengthen
    Islam. Koran 3:28, 16:106
    14. Thou shall Fight non-Muslim
    even if you don’t want to. Koran 2:216
    15. Thou shall not take non-Muslims
    as friends. Koran 5:51
    16. Thou shall Call non-Muslims
    Pigs and Apes. Koran 5:60, 7:166, 16:106
    17. Thou shall Treat non-Muslims as
    the vilest creatures deserving no mercy. Koran 98:6
    18. Thou shall Treat non-Muslims as
    sworn enemies. Koran 4:101
    19. Thou shall Kill non-Muslims for
    not converting to Islam. Koran 9:29
    20. Thou shall Extort non-Muslims
    to keep Islam strong. Koran 9:29.
    If this is in your belief system,
    you are not a Moderate Muslim. Everything listed above violates the American
    Constitution. Freedom and Islam can never work together because of this kind of
    thinking. What is listed above is but a small list of over 100 elements , in
    the Koran, that show how hateful Muslims are.

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