“Our fighters all know that they are fighting for the most just of goals – the defense of our shared home.”
Meet here one uncommonly brave commander with strong values:
Col. Rassan Alian, a Golani Brigade battalion commander, was moderately injured last night when he was hit by shrapnel. Doctors where he was hospitalized insisted it wasn’t time for him to leave the hospital yet. But the colonel objected: "I have a lot of soldiers over there and I need to get back to them."
Col. Alian is not some extraordinary exception. He represents a norm for Israeli commanders.
Overnight, our operations in Gaza increased further. That this should be necessary at all is painful, but since it IS necessary, it is possible to view the new clear-eyed determination of our political and military echelon with great satisfaction and relief. This time we are going to do what needs to be done.