A teenager who as a baby was seriously wounded in a rocket strike from Gaza has been accepted to the Israeli army’s counterpart of the Navy SEAL unit.
The recruit to Shayetet 13 overcame a crippling disability as a result of sustaining 147 shrapnel injuries to his body at the age of 16 months in 2002, when a Qassam rocket from Gaza exploded in his backyard in Sderot. News reports from that incident identify him as Shilo Na’amat.
One of the oldest and most prestigious units in the Israel Defense Forces, Shayetet 13 is considered one of the best special forces outfits in the world. In 2017, it held a joint training with the Navy SEALs.