I fought in operation protective edge

Hello friends I just came home for good after one month in the gasa-Israeli conflict that still going on right now.
Yesterday I went to tel aviv to the biggest base in the country.
I gave them my equipment and took off the uniforms after 3 years of service in the military.
It’s not that I quit or something like that..it’s just that after 3 years the mandatory service is done and you going home to start your civilian lifestyle for good.

So what happened?
Well..one month ago I went home for a release vacation but hey one day they called me and told me “yaron come back we are going down south to Gaza to fight Hamas .

Of course I was depressed because I just wanted to go home for good.
So I took of my cloths packed up a bag and went to the army.

For 3 weeks thousands of soldiers (and me!) sat down in some agriculture fields next to the Gaza Strip border and waited for the command to enter the strip and do our mission.
What’s are mission was? To finds bunch of tunnels that Hamas dogged from Gaza to Israel territory and especially to the settlements near by.

At Saturday night the order came and we entered in.
Chaos was everywhere in the radio and we shot like crazy In Order to make the terrorist keep there heads off and not to attack us.

You know what the strangest thing was? There was no enemy! We fought against ghosts!

The terrorist had tunnels from house to house and from field to field.
When we finished the entering in process we started to slow our movement down and these is when Hamas had his chance to hurt us.

While you stand for couple of hours with your tank down in the street and nothing happen,suddenly and anti tank weapon is flying meters from you and until you start to search the enemy..he’s already gone.
We literally fought ghosts.

In one of the days over there I lost a good friend of mine..a mortar shell shrapnel hurt him in the heart and in the neck…I don’t know how I feel about it because back then we didn’t have really I time to digest it and confront it..we needed to keep ourself safe!

Me and my crew are responsible for the killing of 6 terrorists…2 of them were holding a really expensive and danger anti tank weapon that could kill us for sure.

In the end I finished my 3 years (and 8 days (; ) with a Big Bang..now when I’m home I’m starting to digest what I’ve been through and there will be more posts about my inner values vs. staying alive conflicts and the things I saw.

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I fought in operation protective edge

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