After last week's murder of an IDF member at the hands of terrorist snipers in Gaza, another Israeli soldier was hit by sniper fire yesterday. The man, thank God, will recover. But the most extraordinary part of the story, which Ynet News' Ilana Curiel tells us, is that the officer did not want to be evacuated for medical treatment, instead worrying solely for his men left behind at the Gaza border:
"He asked the doctors, 'When am I going back to Gaza?' I told him he's not going back, and he said his soldiers were alone," the father said. "He opened his eyes and squeezed my hand tight."
The 21-year-old officer from Dimona recounted the incident to his father. "He said the children were rioting by the border fence, and then he felt a strong blow," the father said.
Despite this, the officer didn't want to be evacuated. "A helicopter came within minutes (to evacuate him). He said he was fine because he wanted to stay with his soldiers," the father said.
The officer's mother elaborated further. "He was shouting and didn't want to be evacuated. He said: 'My soldiers are here, I'm not going,'" she said. "His friends said he wanted to stay with his soldiers because there was a whole mess there..."