Sergeant Gal is a 21-year-old combat soldier serving in the IFCJ-adopted Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Shimshon Battalion.
On October 21, Gal and four other soldiers were wounded in a terrorist ramming attack that took place in the West Bank. At the time of the attack, the soldiers were driving in an army vehicle, with another IDF car following them, towards an outpost when Palestinians began throwing rocks at them.
The soldiers got out of their vehicle in order to respond, but before they had a chance to address the stone-throwers, a Palestinian car sped towards the men and ran into them.
Thankfully, rescue paramedics responded immediately. Gal was taken to Hadassah Hospital with a serious head and leg injury.
"I don't remember anything from the day of the attack, or from the following day," says Gal. "My friends told me that I flew about 30 yards when I was hit by the car. They told me a friend saved my life when he neutralized the terrorist immediately after the attack, or I might have been stabbed to death.”
"My first memory is from the Friday after the attack, when I woke up at the entrance to the operating room,” says Gal. "I didn't know where I was. They told me to sign a form before the operation. That's how I woke up. Then they explained that I had been in a terrorist ramming attack and that I have a head injury. I went into the operating room for surgery and they put me to sleep. I woke up after the surgery and spoke with people about what had happened, but I don't personally remember anything about it.”
Gal also suffered a serious injury to his knee ligaments and is now walking with a brace and using crutches. He faces a long rehabilitation process.
IFCJ staff members continue to hand out grants to terror victims to help with the unexpected expenses related to their injuries, and shortly after Gal came home from the hospital, Michal Ziv-Or delivered a $1,000 check to Gal’s family.
Despite Gal's condition, Michal says he has a positive approach to life. After talking to the family about Gal’s recovery, they said he smiles constantly and feels optimistic about a healthy recovery.
In fact, even though Gal was still recovering in the hospital during his 21st birthday, he still celebrated with family and friends. Dozens of friends and family showered him with love and joy, an outpouring of support he will never forget.
And the support keeps coming. Gal was very moved by the assistance from IFCJ and thankful to all those around the world who support Israel: "It's an amazing organization. You help our battalion and now you've helped me personally. I have nothing but words of thanks for Rabbi Eckstein and the donors. You show us how much you care on a daily basis. Thank you.”