Jewish IDF Lone Soldier honored for killing four Hamas terrorists during the 2014 war with Israel
Staff Sgt. Sahar Elbaz made Aliyah in 2012. Two years later, he found himself surrounded by terrorists in Gaza.
By Tova Dvorin
Staff Sgt. Sahar Elbaz was a long way from home in 2014 when he was thrust into Gaza.
Elbaz made Aliyah from the US in 2012. Two years later, as part of the IDF’s Givati Brigade, he was faced with a nightmare situation as his unit was attacked by terrorists in Rafah.
The lone soldier ignored his commander’s orders to take cover and returned fire – overcoming a jam in his weapon to eliminate four out of five terrorists.
Elbaz was one of only five soldiers to receive the Chief of Staff’s citation in Operation Protective Edge, which was bestowed upon him for his bravery, resourcefulness and fortitude – and he now is being awarded Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Bonei Zion award 2016.
The brave young man recounted his experiences in a Channel 10 interview Tuesday night.
“I was in a position where I was the only one who was exposed to the shooting, when suddenly five terrorists attacked me with Kalashnikovs and threw grenades,” Elbaz stated. “As I was shooting in response I encountered the jam, which I overcame thanks to exercises and training.”
“I killed four out of five terrorists; the fifth ran into a nearby mosque, where he was killed by another soldier,” he added.
Elbaz says that at the height of the encounter terrorists came within six or seven feet of him – and he cannot explain how he survived when he was so close to death.
He said that, just like he was
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