Jewish Journal

Letters from Israeli soldiers part III

Translated by Noga Gur-Arieh

16 hours ago

Image via Reuters

A letter written by Yoav (28) who is currently on standby near the northern border line:

"We are now deep into a military operation, an operation we knew was coming as soon as the... read full article

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