From Peru to “Iron Dome” Battery
When was the last time you witnessed an missile interception? Staff Sergeant Kfir Aviel Levi remembers that moment vividly. “It happened a year ago, during Operation ‘Protective Edge’. I walked around my grandmother’s house in Southern Israel and suddenly heard the siren. As I ran to find shelter, I saw the rocket being shot down above the house”, he recalls. “I remember imagining what would happen if the rocket wasn’t intercepted”.
Today, SSgt is a combat soldier in the “Iron Dome” brigade. He came to Israel with his parents from Peru eight years ago, and underwent quite a rocky road before joining the unit. Despite being exempted from service in the IDF, he chose to volunteer and become a combat soldier. “My low medical profile, a result of a surgery in my past, made it difficult for me to integrate into the unit”, he explains. “However, I did not give up. I applied to draft as a volunteer and my request was accepted”.
“Ever since I came to Israel, I got connected with the legacy of the place, so the path to service was very natural for me”, says SSgt Kfir with a smile. “I had a neighbor who served as a combat soldier in the 1967 “Six-Day War” and told me about the historic moment when the soldiers finally reached the Western Wall. I got even more excited and motivated to draft”.
FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE CLICK LINKClick here for the Top 12 Moments in Jewish History...LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN! »