As per request: IAmA Israeli who served in the current war in Gaza,
I was browsing AMAs and saw a request for an Israeli serving in Gaza. I'm sure by a hamas soldier would be more interesting, but I figured if there's a request I might as well post.
I won't answer any hateful questions, but will be sure to answer any questions asked in an appropriate manner. This means I won't answer "How is it to be a baby killer in a jewfilled state?" or the like, but will if I don't feel you're asking just to be a douche and say it in a more civilized way.
About myself: I grew up in the US, but to Israeli parents, and moved back to Israel in the end of high school. I know many people have a lot to say on immigrants going for military service, but to clarify I was actually born Israeli, just lived in the states before. After high school I drafted to Givati infantry brigade in 2011, serving as a medic in a reconnaisance platoon on the Gaza border, in the West bank (Nablus) and for a short time by the border with syria. I had also been living near Gaza for a few years on a kibbutz and know the area well. A few months ago I finished my mandatory service and started working as a SCUBA instructor here, until I was drafted in the begining of the operation back to reserves. Our battalion chief was killed a few days into the ground incursion on the Israeli side by a tunnel coming into Nir Am. After they brought us another officer we were sent into Beit Hanoun for 3 days and then went in and out until the ground incursion was announced to be over.
Ask away, I'd also like to hear from any Gazans. I hope we can discuss this peacefuly and put aside our differences here and what our politicians have done. This madness needs to end and I'm sure we, the real citizens, can do that.
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