Soldier receives citation for courage (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 04.23.12, 15:13)
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Sergeant Gal Weingarten from kfir Brigade awarded special citation
for killing terrorist, injuring another after they slashed his throat
during operational activity near Hebron
Central Command Chief Major-General Nitzan Alon awarded Sergeant Gal
Weingarten, a combat soldier serving in the Lavi Battalion of the
Kfir Brigade with a special citation on Sunday, making him the first
Kfir Brigade soldier to receive the honor.
On March 8, Weingarten was attacked by two terrorists and stabbed in
the neck during an operational activity in the Palestinian village of
Yatta near Hebron. Although he was injured, Weingarten quickly
regained his composure and managed to kill one of them and wound the
"All of the sudden two Palestinians approached me, after I told them
to stay away. One of them jumped on me and the other one slashed my
throat from left to right. I realized something bad was happening,"
"I elbowed him, which changed the direction of the cut upwards. I
later found out this move prevented him from slashing my main artery.
I pushed both of them aside, and when I turned around to the
direction they were fleeing in, I felt a spray of blood covering me.
"They started to escape, but because of the adrenalin I managed to
kneel down and fire four shots at them. I yelled to the other
soldiers ´my fire, my fire,´ and pressed on my neck," he said.
Weingarten arrived at Haddasah Medical Center in moderate condition,
and had to undergo surgery and received 40 stitches. Three days after
his surgery, he insisted on going home, and returned to his brigade
only after a few days of rest.
Despite almost losing his life in the incident, Weingarten called on
teenagers to enlist into combat units: "Those who are contemplating
whether to enlist or not should know that combat duty can give the
most you can get as a human being," he said. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 04/23/12)
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