24 hours with the soldiers who defend Israel’s waters

Meet two Israeli Navy soldiers that moved to Israel to serve in the IDF (Zahal) and watch over their new homes in Haifa from on deck their vessel

Date: 07/03/2012, 4:07 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Sgt. Alejandro Man and Sgt. Matan Abuhatzira both immigrated to Israel to enlist to the IDF (Zahal) and are both currently serving in the Israeli Navy. Their new homes in the city of Haifa are in eyesight from their deck of their vessel, as they bravely defend the shores of Israel.

Born in Argentina, Sgt. Man moved to Israel in 2000 and knew years ago he wants to serve in the Israeli Navy. “I have always loved the sea and felt that this place is right for me,” he shared. He added that he quickly became accustomed to life on the ship “We’re together for weeks at a time, living, eating, and breathing together. We see each other in the most challenging situations. Everyone here feels like family.”

The two soldiers agree that “there is no better position than what we do now: out at sea for long periods of time serving Israel and defending its northern shores. I am defending my new home,” shared Sgt. Abuhatzira. “Each month we spend 350 hours at sea which translates into three weeks a month. The winter here is the most challenging.”

Living on the vessel is sometimes uncomfortable. The combat soldiers sleep in bunk beds and constantly practice emergency scenarios. They are ready for any challenge: they may be called for action at any moment and climate. Everything is done with high morale from the soldiers.