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The Officer Who Touched The Sky

Sahar Saudien was only 21 years old, but since becoming a combat officer of the Iron Dome Battery, she had repeatedly touched the sky. During her military service, Sahar launched the powerful Iron Dome missiles against those coming from Gaza, smashing them into thousands of fragments, and preventing them from harming the residents of the State of Israel. This was her job throughout her years of service as a soldier and as a commander, and so many people are unaware of the fact that they owe their daily lives to her and her soldiers.

On the terrible Saturday when the war broke out, Sahar was on duty, though she wasn't meant to be. She had been involved in a car accident before the outbreak of the war which had left her very sore and she needed rest, in order to recover. Sahar received 'gimelim' - sick leave from military service, but she knew that a good friend who served with her would stay on base for another Shabbat to allow Sahar to rest. Sahar didn't want her to have to stay on base again.

Sahar gathered her strength and forgot about the pain, said goodbye to her parents, reported to the base, and on the morning she fell in battle, she managed to repel hundreds of Hamas missiles fired at Israeli cities, preventing them from hitting countless homes and civilians.

The rocket fire from Gaza that Saturday morning was unusual even for a skilled, professional officer like Sahar. Hundreds of rockets were fired at once from Gaza to cities in every region of the State of Israel. Sahar and her soldiers launched thousands of Iron Dome missiles against them, shattering them. When the battery's ammunition began to run low, Sahar realized that they had to refill the launchers, and went out with her soldiers to collect the weapons required to continue the operation. They climbed into the jeep and headed out to the road where they were ambushed by terrorists who attacked Sahar and her soldiers with heavy fire. Sahar did not return from this battle, having bravely fought the terrorists, until she was wounded and fell in battle.

Sahar, another name for the moon, was the name given to her by her parents Helen and David, but this Sahar was actually a star, whose heroism shone brightly.


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