If you Google the entry Protective Edge, you will find that it was one of longest operations in the history of Israel. The operation started July 8th and ended August 26th. During this period, thousands of rockets and missiles were indiscriminately launched at most areas of Israel including Haifa and Jerusalem.towards wide areas of Israel. Most of Israel's citizens were exposed to danger.
A year after the operation ended, with most Israelis having returned to normal life, a few are still going through a healing process. One of them is Lieutenant Colonel Shay Siman-Tov, the commander of the Golani Brigade's 12th Battalion.
Siman-Tov’s amazing and inspiring story began when he was seriously injured a year ago in Shuja’iyya, in the Gaza Strip during Protective Edge. The Golani Brigade which lost a significant number of soldiers, also had many soldiers that suffered wounds, and Siman-Tov was one of them. He was injured when a wall collapsed on him, while his force was on a mission uncovering Hamas tunnels. His wounds were significant and nobody really knew if he Siman-Tov would get through this as the odds were stacked against him.
For the first month of hospitalization, Shay was in the Intensive Care Unit, being unable to breathe on his own he was connected to a respirator. Due to an injury of his spinal cord, it was not clear if he would ever stand on his feet or be able to use his arms.
Despite his injury, Siman-Tov made a decision he will not give up, and no matter what he would do everything to return to normal life, including wearing his IDF uniform. Shay was blessed to have his wife by his side who encouraged and supported him throughout the ordeal. Their positive attitude and strong faith paid off when Shay, against all odds and just one month after being admitted to hospital, was disconnected from the respirator and was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit, Ten months later, as he promised himself the day he started his personal battle, Siman-Tov finally dressed himself in his army uniform, which he loves and honors, and walked out of hospital using a walker.
Today, a year after Protective Edge, Shay Siman-Tov is living proof that when your faith and desire are strong, the sky is the limit. His struggle continues but he has vowed not to give up until his recovery is complete.
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