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A Father and a Commander

IDF Soldiers in West Bank (Photo: flickr/IDF)

We all juggle many roles in life, from our families to our faith, from our work to our leisure time. Writing at Israel Hayom, an Israeli father and IDF officer reflects on the balance he must find between caring for his family and protecting his country, including the recent operations to seize terrorist weapons in the West Bank:

A letter calling me up for reserve duty had arrived. Everyone at home knew that I would go. I didn't know where I was going or for how long exactly. The response at home was mixed: I have a wife and four amazing daughters. When I told them, the older girls understood that Daddy has to go and that it is important. It wasn't easy, but it was understandable. My youngest, on the other hand, isn't speaking to me. It is hard for her to accept the fact that Daddy has to wear a uniform and leave, just when we were planning to enjoy our summer vacation and go to the new animated movie together.

Leaving a wife and children behind is always difficult, but when it happens at the height of the summer break, right when we're having the best time with the girls, it is certainly a challenge. But despite all that, I know that reserve duty is critical. There is good reason why we were called up. We are needed. This is our time.

Other than serving as a father and husband, I am also the commander of the Lions of Judah Battalion, a reserve unit operating in Judea and Samaria. Over the last week and a half we've been operating in the Etzion region. Our mission here is extremely important, and as the hours go by it becomes ever clearer to us why we are here in the middle of August. We operate daily, and nightly, to maintain public safety in this area and ensure that the residents' lives are not disrupted.

Before dawn Tuesday, we took part in a massive operation that ties directly into our constant battle with illegal Palestinian weapons...

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