Netanyahu visits soldier injured on Gaza border

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited an Israeli soldier who lost his hand in an attack on the Gaza border.

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Netanyahu visited Capt. Ziv Shilon at the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. Shilon suffered life-threatening injuries while on routine patrol Oct. 23 at the Gaza border fence when a bomb believed to be planted by terrorists exploded.

“The entire country embraces and supports you. I thank you on behalf of the entire nation. I am very impressed by your strength,” Netanyahu told Shilon.

Netanyahu gave the captain a copy of the book “The Letters of Yoni (Jonathan) Netanyahu,” the prime minister’s brother who died during the Operation Entebbe in Uganda. The personal dedication read: “To an admired soldier and commander, for your bravery and your sacrifice in safeguarding the homeland. The Jewish People salute you.”

Shilon thanked Netanyahu, saying: “The State of Israel and its people need security, including self-sacrifice if need be. It was to this end that I joined the IDF.”

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