An American IDF Special Forces Reservist recounts his feelings and experiences as he prepares to deploy amidst the recent conflicts with Hamas. The article describes the stark contrast between the author’s civilian life and his role as a soldier, highlighting the emotional challenges and reflecting on the broader conflict and its portrayal in the media.
- The reservist had been preparing for possible conflict during his nine years of service, but the events of October 7th, where Hamas terrorists killed over a thousand civilians in Israel, were beyond his worst fears.
- The recent mobilization of IDF reservists is the largest since the Yom Kippur War, with an overwhelming response rate of 106%.
- The media war is paralleling the physical conflict, with several international news outlets erroneously blaming the IDF for the Ahli hospital tragedy in Gaza City, which was actually caused by an errant Islamic Jihad rocket.
- Hamas’s objectives include the destruction of Israel, as demonstrated by their numerous rocket attacks and the devastating massacre that initiated the current conflict.
- The commitment and unity of the Israeli people have always been strong, as they’ve historically paid a heavy price for their homeland, and they continue to stand united behind the IDF in the current conflict.