My Dear Hadar…

NAOMI RAGEN BLOG
February 4, 2016

Hadar Cohen was buried today. She was nineteen years-old. She was an IDF soldier who took down three terrorists about to slaughter countless residents of Jerusalem. She gave her life for us. This is what I want to say to her.

My Dear Hadar…

We never met, but yesterday, you saved my life, and the lives of so many others who live in Jerusalem. You saved our lives, and gave your own young life with all its promise and all the joys of life still ahead of you, all 101 years of potential. You sacrificed that. You were only 19. In America, you’d be in your sophomore year in some happy, academic playground. Instead, you were in Jerusalem, in the IDF, on patrol in the Border Guard unit that stands between terrorists and the residents of the holy city of Jerusalem. You had only been in training for two months when yesterday, together with your fellow trainee Ravit, and your experienced unit head, you saw three Arabs sitting suspiciously near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. As required, you three walked over and asked them to identify themselves. READ MORE

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