Jan. 13, 2017
- Happy Is the Nation with Such Fighters – Aharon Karov
Eight years ago, I left my new wife mere hours after our wedding to go fight alongside my soldiers in the 2008-09 Gaza War. As an officer, I had a personal obligation to my soldiers, who had been with me from the time they entered the induction center until they became fighters. And I had a national obligation, because the people of Israel and the State of Israel are far greater than any personal considerations, as important as those may be.
An explosion in Gaza left me mortally wounded. My parents and wife were brought to the hospital to say goodbye to me. Ten days after being wounded, I opened my eyes. Step by step, I learned how to speak, eat, walk and do simple tasks, until eventually I succeeded in running a marathon, having three children, and finishing a bachelor’s degree.
I was forced to give up my combat position following my injuries, but I will not give up my love for the army and its soldiers. I will not give up my love for this country, which was founded on dust and ashes to be the only safe home for the Jewish people in the world. I see these soldiers and am filled with great pride. Happy is the nation whose sons and daughters are these; happy is the nation whose fighters are these. 2nd Lt. Aharon Karov is the IDF soldier most severely injured in the 2008-09 Gaza War. (Israel Hayom)