IDF officer wounded in Gaza to light torch for Independence Day

IDF officer wounded in Gaza to light torch for Independence Day

An IDF officer who was seriously wounded during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014, will light a torch in the Jerusalem ceremony to mark the start of Israel’s Independence Day celebrations.

Colonel Shai Siman-Tov was gravely hurt when a terror tunnel he was inspecting collapsed on him during the fighting in Gaza but returned to service in 2015.

He was promoted in rank and currently serves as a team leader at the IDF’s Tactical Command College.

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Colonel Shai Siman-Tov was recommended to the public committee for the selection of torchbearers by IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt.-Gen Aviv Kochavi, and approved by the chairman of the ministerial committee for symbols and ceremonies, Minister Miri Regev.

“Siman-Tov symbolizes the determination of the spirit and the strength of the soul to overcome the body’s ailments. The process of his recovery from his severe injury during Operation Protective Edge and his return to serve as an IDF commander is a story of the heroism of the spirit and the growing desire to overcome all obstacles… Col. Siman-Tov, I’m proud of you and salute you,” Minister Miri Regev said.

Iris Yifrach, Bat-Galim Shaer, and Racheli Fraenkel, the mothers of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Muslim terrorists in 2014, are also among the honored with lighting a torch at Israel’s 71st Independence Day ceremony.

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The women are Rachel Frankel, mother of Naftali; Bat-Galim Sha’er, mother of Gil-ad; and Iris Yifrach, mother of Eyal.