Brothers in arms

Identical twins Tal and Gal Amar both serve in the Crossings Unit of the Military Police, where they have received certificates of excellence

Date: 13/08/2012, 10:44 AM     Author: Shai Bachar, Media Branch

Staff Sgt. Tal Amar and Staff Sgt. Gal Amar are identical twins serving in the same company within the Crossings Unit of the Military Police. From a young age, they have done almost everything together – playing the same games, wearing the same clothes, and hanging out with the same friends. 

Gal and Tal recounted that in school, the teachers used to confuse the two of them. “In addition to looking similar, our names sound almost the same,” they said. “But we are good kids; we didn’t take advantage of that.”

“Our great love is soccer,” they explained. For nine years, they played at a professional level in the National League. Nonetheless, they both felt that it was important to complete meaningful service in the IDF (Zahal). “There’s no way we wouldn’t have enlisted – not because it is our [legal] obligation, but because it is really important to serve the state and to give of yourself,” they said.

In December 2009, the twins enlisted in the Crossings Unit of the Military Police – and once again began wearing the same outfit. In this capacity, it is their job to help prevent a number of illegal, dangerous, and violent activities at border crossings. The incidents they are tasked with preventing include terror attacks, the entry of terrorists into Israel, weapons smuggling, and aid to terror organizations attempting to hurt Israeli civilians.

The twins are well known within the Military Police. They are diligent soldiers who invest in their work – and it shows. In recognition of their hard work, each has been honored with a certificate of excellence from Brig. Gen. Meir Ohana, Chief Officer of the Military Police.

Despite that honor, however, these soldiers have not lost their humility. When asked what they had done to earn such recognition, they answered, “We just do our work.  ‘Still waters run deep’ – that is how we live.”