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First-Person Accounts

Eating Off Their Guns
I move on and talk to soldier after soldier. I hand them all letters, and their reaction is more or less similar to my friend's. Profoundly grateful, but bemused as to why they deserve any thanks.
Praying for the Guy Behind You
Profile of a Passionate Soldier
"All the guys are praying for one another," said Levi. "Each one prays that the guy behind him, and the guy in front of him will come out of this okay."
We Call Him Amo...
A Soldier's Family Reports
Some know my brother-in-law as Avraham Meir Ostfeld, but we call him Amo. He’s a member of the IDF, serving in an elite Golani brigade, and currently part of the Gaza operation...
A Soldier’s Funeral
A man sings a prayer. And soldiers shoot into the air. As they shoot, the family can be heard wailing, as if the fired bullets have released something within them.
Living Under Attack, Personally
It is not scary to hear the siren, it's the anticipation of if and when the siren will go off that causes the anxiety.
In the Hospital Waiting Room
Suddenly, everyone looks up. A military ambulance is coming. The press bustles around, excited. The video cameras are turned on. The men talk. And everyone crowds towards the ambulance as it pulls in...
A Mother's Soldier
A candid discussion with a Toronto mother about her son who is serving in the Israeli army
"What is it like for you to have a son poised to begin the ground assault? To come face to face with his enemies?" I ask Lily.
Front Line Blog
Dispatches From a Soldier on the Front
IDF Paratrooper Yared Ben Caro is taking some time each day to text us updates from the field of operations.
Gaza War Reaches Us
I laugh as I write this. I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I was assured that the pipes would withstand an explosion close by but not a direct hit. Our bit of security.
Living Under Attack
Sderot and Beyond
My family and I live in Netivot, ten kilometers from Gaza. Netivot is hooked up to a warning sirent. When the siren rings, it means you have forty-five seconds to go into your safe room or a public bomb shelter...
Living in Sderot
You don't think. You run. You have twenty seconds.
Heads or Tails?
I held up the heavy rusted tail, and presented it to the sixth grade class. It was in excellent condition with all its fins, and with the screw still attached at the end...
A Wave of Light
A Lightful Meeting with an Injured Israeli Soldier
"I had a bad feeling," he tells me, "I saw in their eyes the sudden realization: this is real. This is thighs shattered, limbs detached...this is war."
Full coverage of the War in Gaza ("Operation Cast Lead"). Exclusive news reports, blogs and perspectives straight from the front, plus videos, insights and more.
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