I am a dual citizen of the United States and Israel. I served honorably in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2000-2005 during the Second Intifada. I served in three different units: Sayeret Golani, IDF Legal Unit (Praklitut), and the 7th Brigade of the Armored Division (Hativat Sheva).
I remember the start of the Second Intifada. It occurred late in the year 2000 after Ariel Sharon made a visit to the Temple Mount. Sharon’s visit was used as a pretext to launch an intense urban warfare again Israel.
At the time, I was stationed at an IDF base near Jenin; the base is known as Bezeq. Our base and positions immediately came under Kalashikow rifle fire. In a fight for our lives, we returned fire.
After living in Israel for nearly 7 years, I returned to the United States where I enlisted in the United States Army. I underwent combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. I served during the Global War on Terrorism.
I was honorably discharged from the United States Army with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I therefore served honorably in the both the IDF and US Army.
As a disabled veteran, I live in a small apartment in a poor neighborhood. It is a struggle to pay bills, buy food, repair my car, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
In order to visit my fellow soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces, I would like to make a trip to Israel. However, I cannot afford a trip to Israel. I do not qualify for “Birthright Israel”. I have written letters to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC and to the World Jewish Congress asking for a free trip to Israel.
Unfortunately, the Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer and WJC president Ronald Lauder have not responded to my requests for a free trip to Israel.
I am a warrior for Israel. I am a warrior for the Jewish people. I fought in the Israeli military to protect the State of Israel. I fought in the US Army to protect the United States. I now ask the Jewish people to stand with me.
I gave my heart and soul to the Jewish world; I now ask the Jewish world to give it’s heart and soul to me.