As the wave of terror attacks against Israel and her people continues, the brave men and women of the IDF are called upon to protect their country and fellow Israelis. Writing at The Times of Israel, a combat soldier from the Home Front Command's Search and Rescue Brigade recalls thwarting a terror attack - something that has become a daily routine:
I will never forget that evening at the Bell checkpoint in the Benjamin Regional Brigade. It was 8:30 p.m. on the eve of Passover. Two female assailants armed with knives and a syringe filled with an unidentified substance approached the checkpoint.
The assailants called to us asking for water. As we neared, the two females quickly pulled out a knife and tried to stab us. I immediately understood that this was an attack, and seconds later I responded and neutralized one of the assailants.
As I turned, the second attacker bolted away, and following a short chase with the assistance of observation forces, the assailant was apprehended. We immediately began providing medical aid to the assailant I had neutralized, and only then did I realize the true scope of what had just happened...
I would prefer to live in a reality free of terrorists and attacks. But as long as there is a need to defend Israeli civilians, I will be there.
As families embark on this new year, we will continue to defend Israel’s residents day and night. That’s our mission, and that’s what we are here to do.