Today’s post is in memory of Michael Levin on the seventh anniversary of his death.
Michael moved to Israel from Philadelphia in 2002 and joined the Paratroopers. In the summer of 2006, Michael was given leave to visit his family in the US. Two weeks into his trip, war broke out on Israel’s northern border when Hezbollah ambushed an Israeli Army patrol, killing five reservists and kidnapping Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. When Israel crossed the border in an attempt to rescue them, Hezbollah began its assault on Israel, launching thousands of rockets at the communities of northern Israel.
Michael immediately cut short his vacation and flew back to Israel to serve with his unit. He fought to receive permission to be sent to the north to rejoin his unit. When Michael arrived, his unit was sent to the Hezbollah village of Aita al-Shaab in Lebanon. It was to this Hizbollah stronghold that Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev had been been taken two weeks earlier. On Tuesday, August 1, Michael’s unit moved forward and began an intense fire-fight with Hezbollah forces inside the village of Aita al-Shaab. Michael Levin, 21, was killed then.
- IDF Says Hezbollah Cache Exceeds 60,000 Rockets, Can Strike Any Part of Israel (algemeiner.com)
- Storing Rockets In Residental Basements, Part One (vineoflife.net)