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Letters from Israeli soldiers part II

Translated by Noga Gur-Arieh

July 22, 2014 | 2:04 pm

<em>Image via Reuters</em>

Image via Reuters

A letter written by Sara (23) who was called for reserve duty at Israel's Home Front Command:

"To you, the person reading this letter,
 

I was called for reserve duty in the middle of the day, while I was with the children I am working with. I cried. It was after the bodies of the three abducted teens were found, after a few days of running for shelter with my children in the middle of dinner, and I didn't know how to contain all of my emotions.

At first, I felt like this reserve duty is interfering with my life, didn't want to go. The children I left behind were far more important to me. Now, 11 days into Operation Protective Edge, I am proud to say I serve in the IDF, and feel like this reserve duty is the right thing to do, the best thing I can do for my country. I am proud in the army I represent. Yes, this war is frightening, and we all want it to end and for people to stop living in such a surreal reality, but this operation is the right thing to do. I hope it will end soon, and wish everyone quiet, peace and serenity. "

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