A year on, California soldier’s death in Gaza binds his US family to Israel

by Mitch Ginsberg
July 20, 2015

Evie Steinberg, who came to the holy land for the first time to bury her son, Sgt. Max Steinberg, now ‘dreads going home’

One year ago, after midnight on July 20, 2014, a barrage of anti-tank missiles tore through the hull of a stalled armored personnel carrier, on the outskirts of Shejaiya, Gaza, and killed seven Israeli soldiers. One of them was Sgt. Max Steinberg, whose parents, upon hearing the news the following morning in Encino, California, had a sharp and immediate impulse: to take him home, to California, where he was born and raised. To have him near them. But that afternoon, before boarding a plane — before experiencing the historic turnout at the funeral, where 30,000 Israelis came to pay their respects to a lone soldier who crossed the ocean to fight for Israel — Evie and Stuart Steinberg huddled in their bedroom, consulted with their children, and decided to bury Max in Jerusalem, at the national military cemetery on Mount Herzl. READ MORE

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