Heroism In the Battle Protective Edge

By AVIRAM ZINO
Thanks to Jerusalem Post

During Operation Protective Edge, soldiers of the 7th Armored Brigade exposed Hamas’ attack tunnels; ‘I could not help but think how a place that should be innocent was turned into a killing factory’
“On Friday night I told the soldiers that we were going to have a relatively quiet Shabbat, and we could use the time to get to know each other,” said Lt. Shaul, from the brigade’s reconnaissance unit.

“We sat around, drank coffee, and just talked. The atmosphere was great.

“Suddenly the pastoral image changed into one of horror: Minutes after Cpl. Adar began patrolling around the area where his friends were sitting, a boom was heard, followed by a cloud of dust that spiraled upward. A brushfire started spreading in the field surrounding the unit, and the quiet was replaced by cries for help by a wounded soldier.

“I remember the loud, shrieking, piercing noise. Louder than I had ever heard. Then an explosion,” said Adar. “I fell on the ground. The pain was intense. I realized I had been hit in the leg.”

Corporals Roei and Ophir, the paramedics, were the first to arrive at the scene. “I worked like a robot,” said Ophir. “In moments like this you try not think too much, you just do the best you can to save your friend and make sure he’s going to be okay. He had a large piece of shrapnel in his leg and there was a lot of blood. Very quickly another five medical professionals arrived, and everyone helped to treat him.

It was important for me to keep talking to him all the time, just to make sure he was alright. “ “I did not understand what was happening to me and if my leg had been amputated,” said Adar.

“I did not know the paramedics that were treating me, I did not know if I could trust them. Ophir was the one that really calmed me down. When I heard his voice I realized that everything would be okay.”

The field evaluation revealed that, in addition to shrapnel in his thigh, there was more shrapnel in his hand and shoulder. “In retrospect, I realized that the ceramic vest prevented a lot more fragments from reaching me. It really saved my life,” said Adar.

Less than five minutes after he was wounded, he was on the way to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

During the organized commotion, Shaul, who was managing the operation, realized the extent to which his soldiers are skilled and experts in their positions. “I did not know what I had in my hands,” he admits.

“I’ve now seen how the guys’ performance was outstanding. Everyone knew exactly what his job was.”

The most difficult moment for Shaul was calling Lisa, Adar’s mother.

“With the quick evacuation there was no time to tell her about the injury and to connect between her and Adar,” he said. “I had to take it on myself, to be brave and call her, and I can tell you, it was one of the most difficult moments I had in this operation, and I had many difficult moments and lost a lot of friends.”

“Is everything alright there?” was Lisa’s first question. “I tried to reassure her, but I myself was under a crazy amount of pressure,” recalls Shaul. “I told her that her son was wounded and was fully conscious on the way to the hospital.”

“Only when my mother saw me, she calmed down and stopped crying,” said Adar, who had lost his father only two and half years before. “I was afraid of her reaction to what had happened , and I know the whole time that the most important thing for her was to see that I was okay. The truth is, I think that I was crying the whole time as well.”

As the operation was coming to an end, Shaul was quick to gather all the members of the unit and take everyone to visit Adar at the Hospital, before they left for home to their families. “It was a very emotional moment,” said Shaul. “ We entered his room, a team of fighters, still with our work uniforms on and still smelly, just to give him a big hug.”

Soldiers of the 7th Brigade uncovered a number of Hamas attack tunnels.

“One day found a huge tunnel, very impressive looking; from the top of it you do not see either its beginning or its end,” said Adar.

“You realize that whenever you find a tunnel like this, you prevent attacks and save lives.

“At that moment there is some concern. You understand that terrorists can appear from an underground tunnel that is unseen and hidden, and not only do you need to scan the streets to look for them, but also to take into account what is happening underground. They do not fight face to face, but they tail you. They are trained well at entering and leaving tunnels, but not at fighting like soldiers. In battle they pop their heads out of a tunnel, shooting and ducking repetitively or shooting and escaping back through the tunnel.

“ One of the most shocking finds found by the team was a tunnel discovered in a mosque. “We found a large amount of weapons and managed to remove the pulley through which they shifted the materials,” said Shaul. “I could not help but think how a place that should be innocent was turned into a killing factory.”

During the constant fighting and despite the fact that friends were wounded, the soldiers did not forget their goal. “You know you’re the defensive line and you cannot let them pass you” said Cpl. Roei, “You always have to be prepared to protect the people of Israel in general and in particular the residents of the Gaza perimeter. It makes me feel proud, to be a part of something big. When you’re there you realize how important and serious the situation is.”

Cpl. Ophir added: “This is real. This is what we prepared for. We joined the army to protect Israel and its residents. This feeling makes us stronger and allows us to understand where we belong.”

Translated by Maya Pelleg

By AVIRAM ZINO
Thanks to Jerusalem Post

During Operation Protective Edge, soldiers of the 7th Armored Brigade exposed Hamas’ attack tunnels; ‘I could not help but think how a place that should be innocent was turned into a killing factory’
“On Friday night I told the soldiers that we were going to have a relatively quiet Shabbat, and we could use the time to get to know each other,” said Lt. Shaul, from the brigade’s reconnaissance unit.

“We sat around, drank coffee, and just talked. The atmosphere was great.

“Suddenly the pastoral image changed into one of horror: Minutes after Cpl. Adar began patrolling around the area where his friends were sitting, a boom was heard, followed by a cloud of dust that spiraled upward. A brushfire started spreading in the field surrounding the unit, and the quiet was replaced by cries for help by a wounded soldier.

“I remember the loud, shrieking, piercing noise. Louder than I had ever heard. Then an explosion,” said Adar. “I fell on the ground. The pain was intense. I realized I had been hit in the leg.”

Corporals Roei and Ophir, the paramedics, were the first to arrive at the scene. “I worked like a robot,” said Ophir. “In moments like this you try not think too much, you just do the best you can to save your friend and make sure he’s going to be okay. He had a large piece of shrapnel in his leg and there was a lot of blood. Very quickly another five medical professionals arrived, and everyone helped to treat him.

It was important for me to keep talking to him all the time, just to make sure he was alright. “ “I did not understand what was happening to me and if my leg had been amputated,” said Adar.

“I did not know the paramedics that were treating me, I did not know if I could trust them. Ophir was the one that really calmed me down. When I heard his voice I realized that everything would be okay.”

The field evaluation revealed that, in addition to shrapnel in his thigh, there was more shrapnel in his hand and shoulder. “In retrospect, I realized that the ceramic vest prevented a lot more fragments from reaching me. It really saved my life,” said Adar.

Less than five minutes after he was wounded, he was on the way to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

During the organized commotion, Shaul, who was managing the operation, realized the extent to which his soldiers are skilled and experts in their positions. “I did not know what I had in my hands,” he admits.

“I’ve now seen how the guys’ performance was outstanding. Everyone knew exactly what his job was.”

The most difficult moment for Shaul was calling Lisa, Adar’s mother.

“With the quick evacuation there was no time to tell her about the injury and to connect between her and Adar,” he said. “I had to take it on myself, to be brave and call her, and I can tell you, it was one of the most difficult moments I had in this operation, and I had many difficult moments and lost a lot of friends.”

“Is everything alright there?” was Lisa’s first question. “I tried to reassure her, but I myself was under a crazy amount of pressure,” recalls Shaul. “I told her that her son was wounded and was fully conscious on the way to the hospital.”

“Only when my mother saw me, she calmed down and stopped crying,” said Adar, who had lost his father only two and half years before. “I was afraid of her reaction to what had happened , and I know the whole time that the most important thing for her was to see that I was okay. The truth is, I think that I was crying the whole time as well.”

As the operation was coming to an end, Shaul was quick to gather all the members of the unit and take everyone to visit Adar at the Hospital, before they left for home to their families. “It was a very emotional moment,” said Shaul. “ We entered his room, a team of fighters, still with our work uniforms on and still smelly, just to give him a big hug.”

Soldiers of the 7th Brigade uncovered a number of Hamas attack tunnels.

“One day found a huge tunnel, very impressive looking; from the top of it you do not see either its beginning or its end,” said Adar.

“You realize that whenever you find a tunnel like this, you prevent attacks and save lives.

“At that moment there is some concern. You understand that terrorists can appear from an underground tunnel that is unseen and hidden, and not only do you need to scan the streets to look for them, but also to take into account what is happening underground. They do not fight face to face, but they tail you. They are trained well at entering and leaving tunnels, but not at fighting like soldiers. In battle they pop their heads out of a tunnel, shooting and ducking repetitively or shooting and escaping back through the tunnel.

“ One of the most shocking finds found by the team was a tunnel discovered in a mosque. “We found a large amount of weapons and managed to remove the pulley through which they shifted the materials,” said Shaul. “I could not help but think how a place that should be innocent was turned into a killing factory.”

During the constant fighting and despite the fact that friends were wounded, the soldiers did not forget their goal. “You know you’re the defensive line and you cannot let them pass you” said Cpl. Roei, “You always have to be prepared to protect the people of Israel in general and in particular the residents of the Gaza perimeter. It makes me feel proud, to be a part of something big. When you’re there you realize how important and serious the situation is.”

Cpl. Ophir added: “This is real. This is what we prepared for. We joined the army to protect Israel and its residents. This feeling makes us stronger and allows us to understand where we belong.”

Translated by Maya Pelleg

Israel Will Protect Jews

By: Aryeh Savir 
The Danish, Swedish and Dutch ambassadors to Israel, as well as officials from the embassies of Britain, Belgium, Italy,Hungary, Austria and Germany, took part in an urgent meeting with the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee on the situation of Jewish communities in Europe.
MK Yisrael Hasson of Kadima, a former deputy director of the Shin Bet internal security service, told the ambassadors: “NATO bombed 5,000 civilians in Kosovo, just because it was insulted, and 27,000 Iraqi civilians were bombed during the U.S. invasion because they posed a danger to the U.S. There is not a country in the world that can talk to us about morality.”
Hasson told the foreign envoys that “if the European countries fail to protect the Jews within their territory, the State of Israel will. Jewish blood is not cheap blood.”
He further warned that “if you do not stand by our side, the day when Islamic terror will reach your homes, your beds and your kindergartens will come soon.”
MK Shimon Ohayon of Yisrael Beitenu, addressed the pro-Palestinian protests across Europe, and said that Israel is fighting “the war of the free and enlightened world against the darkness of Islam.”
According to him, had the world truly been concerned about the violence, “we would have seen protests all over Europe against the terrible acts being committed in Syria, where 200,000 people have been raped and butchered.”
MK Avraham Michaeli of Shas, noted that a quarter of the patients who are being treated at the hospital in Safed, were injured in the Syrian civil war.
Representatives of the Jewish communities in Europe, who arrived in Israel with the help of the Israeli Jewish Congress, spoke about their sense of insecurity.
“Calls of `death to Jews` and `burn the Jews in gas chambers` are heard regularly on the streets,” one representative said.
Nathan Gelbert, a Jewish resident of Berlin, Germany, said that the city has seen “severe pro-Palestinian demonstrations” since the IDF launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. “These protesters don’t know how to say `hello` in German, but they know very well how to shout that Israel is fascist and cruel,” he said.
The European envoys condemned the anti-Semitic attacks in their countries and described the tools their governments use to combat the phenomenon. A representative of the French embassy in Tel Aviv, said that his country pledges “zero tolerance for displays of anti-Semitism,” adding that “every attack on France`s Jews is an attack on all of France.”
France has beefed up security around the Jewish communities even before the recent anti-Israel demonstrations. “France is not denying that there is a problem. The French
government`s efforts against acts of racism will gradually increase,” said the official.
Dutch Ambassador to Israel Caspar Veldkamp, noted that his country’s attorney general has opened cases against 40 to 50 people who participated in a radical demonstration and chanted anti-Semitic slogans.
“The acts of anti-Semitism call for strong measures. Otherwise we will all slide down the slope. Europe should have exported a position of mutual respect rather than import the hate and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he told the meeting.
Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr said: “As an ally and as a country we will not tolerate anti-Semitism. Denmark, as a country that respects freedom of speech, allows people to express their objection to actions taking place on the ground. My government`s position is that Israel has a right to defend itself.”
Absorption Committee Chairman MK Yoel Razvozov of Yesh Atid, said that a distinction must be made between freedom of expression and incitement. “The European countries must protect the Jews within their territory,” he said. “Otherwise, terror will eventually reach you.”
MK Razvozov concluded the meeting by saying that the State of Israel is committed to protecting every Jew in the Diaspora. Turning to the foreign officials, he said: “Take into account that if the terror groups lay down their arms, there will be peace, but if Israel lays down its arms, Israel will cease to exist. This is the sad truth.”

http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/08/01/israel-warns-europe-that-israel-will-protect-jews-living-overseas-if-governments-fail-to-protect-them/