Last week we remembered those who lost their lives during the Holocaust. Tonight and tomorrow morning we will stand as a siren rings out throughout Israel and we will commemorate Yom Hazikaron a day to remember the fallen soldiers of Israel and those who lost their lives as a result of terrorism.
I've seen many people comment after the soldiers have taken action in the defence of this country, I have seen people speak ill of these soldiers and yes it’s easy to do that from a keyboard, easy to speak badly of people who you don't know and of a country you have never visited and never bothered to learn both sides of the story. When I see the soldiers, I don’t see hardened, tough fighters, I see kids in uniform. I see 18 and 19 year old Israelis who shouldn't have to be in uniform, who should be doing what I got the opportunity to do at 18. Which is go to University and live a life without have to worry about being called up and possibly going to war.
It’s easy for people to judge Israel, to judge these soldiers, but don't judge when you haven't lived here or experienced it. I can't say I have experienced it, I came to Israel too old to join and do my part. But I see these Israeli's going to the army to serve and do their duty and I am proud of them and every time there is trouble I pray that they safely come home to their families. Because at the end of the day everyone wants their kids to come home safely no matter what they do.