Photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson
Date: 12/01/2009, 12:26 AM Author: IDF (Zahal) Website
An unexpected visitor arrived on Sunday (Jan. 11) to the Ground Force Training Center at B’Tselem: Karnit Goldwasser, the widow of Master Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser z’l, came to the training center in order to strengthen the spirits of the soldiers that are in reserve duty and have enlisted during Operation Cast Lead. Education and Youth Corps Officer Brig. Gen. Eli Shermeister organized this special meeting as part of the educational and morale boosting efforts brought forth by the Education and Youth Corps since the beginning of the operation in the Gaza Strip.
“Many civilians are interested in helping current soldiers in the IDF (Zahal). I also came here for this reason. I wanted to hug them, love them, and bring them strength; this situation is full of emotion,” explains Karnit Goldwasser. “I spoke to them from my heart, about my feelings…”
Senior officers of IDF (Zahal) Ground Forces also spoke during the meeting with Goldwasser, in an effort to summarize the new training policies from the appeals of reserve duty, which were formulated as a result of various lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War. “I am reminding these reserve soldiers that the nation of Israel has a sense of pride stemming from the IDF (Zahal) and its soldiers,” says Goldwasser. “You can certainly see that the senior military commanders know what they’re doing; everything is organized down to the last detail and the lessons learned have been implemented.”
In addition to this special event, the Education and Youth Corps has been working diligently since the beginning of the operation; they have been constructing the explanatory principles and on establishing leisure activities for soldiers in the reserves. Senior Commanders and representatives from the public sector are visiting the Ground Force Training Center and arranging workshops and lectures on various subject matters. Simultaneously, cultural activities have been arranged featuring IDF (Zahal) singers, actors and military bands.
During the meeting with Goldwasser, eager artillery soldiers spoke about their intensive training and about their motivation to succeed. They also showed an interest in local and international public opinion in regards to Israel, the IDF (Zahal), and the current operation. Goldwasser spoke about the importance of the reservists’ joint enlistment to reserve duty, which is bringing Israeli society together and ensuring that the nation is carrying on their shoulders the responsibilities for the future of country and Israeli society. “Fate connects me in a special way to the people in reserve duty; their stories and their feelings are familiar to me,” explains Goldwasser. “I was able to really see that this community of soldiers resembles Ehud and it’s very obvious to me- if Ehud were here, he would have been the first to volunteer for this operation.”