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Monday, July 21, 2014

IDF Soldiers are OUR Children, Together we Mourn the Dead and Encourage the Living

More of the names of our IDF soldiers killed in the Operation Protective Edge  have been released. Baruch Dayan Ha'emet and nichumim, comfort to their families and friends. Two of those were lone soldiers who left their families in chutz l'Aretz, out of the Land of Israel, to live in Israel and serve in the IDF. Many dozens of our IDF soldiers have been wounded and need our prayers. Their families need our support assistance until they achieve a refuah shleimah, complete healing.

This Operation Protective Edge is a real war. Maybe the Government should change its name to Wipe Out The Terrorists or some more Biblical sounding name for the same thing. All of the army's operations must be planned to do the most damage to Gaza, the terrorists and the supporting population, yes including women and children, while protecting our soldiers as much as humanly possible.  I'm just a mother, a soldiers' mother, not a military strategist or logistics expert. I'm also a writer and since our soldiers have discovered that the Arabs, the Hamas Gazan Arab terrorists had been spending their "humanitarian" funding on building an advanced underground military base against Israel we must change the focus and intensity of our fight, our war against them. It is so dangerous to underestimate one's enemy, and I think we have been doing that for two long.

This morning I just want to take a few minutes as the sun rises in the east to give you some information about the wonderful IDF Israeli soldiers who lost their lives in this very necessary war. Not all of the names have been released to the public yet. Here are some of the names and information.
Max Steinberg, lone soldier from Los Angeles, CA
Sean Carmeli, lone soldier from South Padre Island, Texas
Steinberg and Carneli, Jewish Press
Captain Tzafrir Bar-Or, a commander in the Golani Brigade, 32, of Holon. His funeral will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the military section of the cemetery in Holon.
Major Zvi Kaplan, a commander in the Golani Brigade, 28, from Kedumim. His funeral will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the military cemetery in Haifa.
Gilad Yaakobi, 21, of Kiryat Ono. His funeral will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv.
Sergeant Oz Mendelovich, 21, from Avtalion. His funeral will be held Monday at 6:00 p.m. at the Misgav cemetery.
Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, of Ra'anana.
(quoted from Arutz 7)

July 19

Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, an infantry soldier, was killed in battle with terrorists.
Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, from Holon
Staff Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, from Holon
2nd Lt. Bar Rahav, a combat engineer, was killed when terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the vehicle he was operating.
סגם בר רהב (1)
2nd Lt. Bar Rahav, 21, from Ramat Yishai
Sgt. Adar Barsano was killed by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.
Adar Barsano
Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, from Nahariya

Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg  was killed by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated Israel in an attempt to carry out an attack on Israeli civilians.
Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon
Maj. (res.) Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon

July 18

First Sgt. Eitan Barak, was killed overnight fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
First Sgt. Eitan Barak, 20, from Herzliya
 We mourn the loss of every life given in defense of the State of Israel. (from IDF blog)

ברוך דיין האמת
Baruch Dayan Ha'Emet
Blessed is the True Judge
"הי"ד,"  "השם יקום דמם"
HaYa"D, Hashem Yikom Damom
May G-d Avenge Their Blood


NormanF said...

Every death is terrible... but these Jews died for something unlike Jews in the Nazi death camps who died for nothing.

Its easy in the casualty figures to lose sight of what they're fighting for. To make Israel a safer country for present and future generations.

Down through the ages, Jews have been accused of passivity and cowardice. In modern Israel, the fighting qualities of the Jewish soldier dispel that slur.

In defending its people and its country, Israel has nothing to atone for and everything to be proud of. All must be done to ensure the men who died - that the army has succeeded in attaining the goal Israel set for it.

That is the best way to honor them.

in the vanguard said...

We want Moshiach now!

Neshama said...

Every time I see the faces of these sweet Jews the tears just start flowing. It hurts, but what other choice do we have to eradicate the evil and protect our people. I hope for that day when Moshiach is here and we can understand the "Why?" of it all.

Batya Medad said...

These are our children, and their parents are ordinary Israelis and Jews, and everyone wants us to fight a war to victory so we won't have to repeat it. That means we must take the victory and use it to our advantage.
So far, the State of Israel hasn't a clue. And that's what I'm going to write about right now. So check in soon.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Batya's comment! Otherwise, just going in circles while these kedoshim are taken from us. May the families of these holy soldiers (H'yikom damam) be comforted among the mourners of Yerushalayim.

Batya Medad said...