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Why I Tour the US as an IDF Soldier

We always love hearing from the brave men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Yesterday we shared a letter from an IDF reservist who lives in the United States. And today, we share this letter by two IDF soldiers who tour the U.S., giving a face to the Israeli military, sharing their experiences, and standing for the Holy Land they’ve sworn to serve and protect:

We go because we want to correct the many lies and misrepresentations about the IDF. There is no comparison to actually meeting a soldier and learning from their first-hand experiences. We love Israel and we know best the moral dilemmas we faced.

Lital works for a news site in Israel. Born in Ashdod, she holds a BA in Social Sciences from the Open University and is working towards her Masters in American Jewry at Haifa University.  Proud of her service in the IDF, she considers it an honor to contribute whatever she can to her country, which led Lital to choose service in the border police unit. She served in checkpoints, stations aimed at thwarting terrorist attacks — a position usually held by men.

Lital tells a harrowing tale of a woman in labor, screaming in pain, who arrived in an ambulance at a checkpoint between Israel and the West Bank.  She is 18-years old. What would you do?  In that split second, Lital made the executive decision to check the ambulance to ensure that nothing harmful was being transported into Israel. She found an explosive device hidden under one of the seats…

I served in Hebron, ensuring that Muslims and Jews could safely pray in its holy sites. My other position was in Gaza. We received reports of tunnels being built. One day, mortar shells shot by Hamas terrorists hit the base. All activity stopped, and the Erez border crossing with Egypt was closed. Just then, a Palestinian boy arrived at the checkpoint, heading for his appointment at the children’s hospital in Tel Aviv. My task was to ensure that the crossing was opened so he could pass, but what about the security issue? Thankfully, the boy made it safely into Israel…

Lital and I want peace more than anything in the world. But no, we won’t apologize for defending our country.

Tags: US-Israel Relations , IDF

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