Old friends, defending home together

Meet 3 childhood friends from the south all stationed in the Gaza Division, serving to defend their home, “My family tells me to be careful but I can’t help but worry about them”

Date: 21/03/2012, 6:55 PM     Author: Noam Bar-Lev

Ziv Laluz, Dror Atar, and Dor Davidson all grew up in the city of Be’er Sheva located in southern Israel as close friends. Upon enlisting to the IDF (Zahal), they each took on a combat position highly motivated to defend not only their hometown but the State of Israel at large. Last month, the three childhood friends found themselves serving alongside each other at the Gaza Division Commander’s tactical headquarters.

 “We have been friends since age 12 and we are still best friends today,” explained Dor. ” Before we joined the army, we prepared ourselves to part ways and see each other once in two weeks or even less.” Ziv, his good friend, agreed that “before enlisting to the IDF (Zahal) we decided to fly abroad together; it’s amazing that we all got to the same division and that we serve in the same job.”

“We were all drafted to the Golani Brigade for different reasons. Dor actually wanted to serve in the Givati Brigade, so when we all got our draft dates we understood that we would enlist to Golani,” Dror said. Eventually, all three of the soldiers were stationed at the Gaza Division.

Soldiers stationed at the Gaza Division are always prepared to confront terror threats including use of explosives, infiltration attempts at the border and gunfire against IDF (Zahal) soldiers.

The recent escalation in the south further showed them the true importance of their position. Dror explained that, “we feel we are protecting our home – which is located here in the south. My family members tell me to be careful but I can’t help but worry about them.”

“When there is military activity in the area or rockets fall, the first thing is to run to the field and right afterwards to call my family to make sure they’re ok,” said Ziv. He explained that the soldiers serving in the Gaza Division must “be ready at all hours, even in the middle of the night. There are moments in which you understand you can truly influence people’s lives.”