By Kevin Deutsch
An Israel Defense Forces soldier who recently served in the war in Gaza will speak about his experiences at the Chabad Jewish Center in Coral Springs on Monday, Jan. 29, along with his wife, who also served in the IDF.
Yehonatan and Rochelle Cohen will conduct a live question and answer session at the “Resilience and Courage in Israel” event, scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Jewish center at 11325 W. Atlantic Blvd.
“This is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from an Israeli soldier just released from [serving in] Gaza several days ago, together with his wife, about life in Israel today,” states an announcement from the Chabad Jewish Center. “We need to share their story and their voice. The world needs to know what fighting in Gaza is really like and what it means to live with terrorism. What being a proud Jew looks like during such dark and trying times.”
The event is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served.
For additional information, call Rabbi Yankie Denburg at (954)471-8646.
Yehonatan Cohen was among the IDF troops sent into Gaza after thousands of terrorists from Hamas, the terror group that governs Gaza, invaded southern Israel on Oct. 7 and massacred some 1,200 people, mostly civilians. An additional 253 people in Israel were kidnapped and taken into Gaza, where many remain.
Israel responded to Hamas’s rampage by launching a military campaign to destroy the terrorist group and free the hostages. According to the Hamas-run health ministry, more than 25,000 Gazans have been killed during the current conflict. That number includes Hamas fighters killed by Israeli forces and civilians killed by errant Palestinian rockets fired from inside Gaza.
According to the IDF, its forces have killed more than 9,000 Hamas members. An estimated 1,000 additional Hamas fighters were killed in Israel on Oct. 7.
Israel has come under widespread international pressure to end its war with Hamas, but the military campaign has widespread support among both Americans and the Israeli public, who view the Oct. 7 terror attacks as akin to 9/11.
A Harvard CAPS-Harris poll of registered U.S. voters published last week found that 80 percent of all respondents said they support Israel over Hamas in the war, according to The Times of Israel. Overall, 67 percent of respondents said a ceasefire should occur only if the hostages are released and Hamas is removed from power, according to The Times.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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