Follow the Brother’s Path

Shalit’s sister enlisted in the army service.

Hadas Shalit

On Wednesday last week was one of the most important moments for Hadas Shalit. Two days before her Gilad Shalit brother’s 23rd birthday, who was kidnapped by Hamas three years ago, she will be enlisting in the army.

Israel has obliged their citizens with minimum age of 18 to take the military service, three years for male and two years for female. But this obligation put into effect for yeshiva students.

Hadas is the youngest daughter from three children owned by Noam and Aviva Shalit couple. She has two brothers, Yoel and Gilad as the eldest son. The bitter fate has befallen her brother Shalit does not make her afraid on military. It doesn’t clear, voluntarily or accidentally, Hadas will be assigned at Troop’s 71 Ramat HaGolan command base where her brother also served.

Like other army girls, Hadas will not be in the first priority to be served in fighting unit. She is interested in working with soldier welfare or performing psychological testing.

Hadas actually could have given up army service. “(But) she thinks it is important for her to be like any other young person who cares about the state,” one of her anonymous firneds told Yediot Ahronot newspaper.

It’s not clear how Noam and Aviva Shalit’s feeling about her daughter’s decision. Until the present time, Gilad’s destiny is also not clear. The negotiation with Hamas that mediated by Germany has not shown good result. Hamas which labeled as terrorist organization by the United States of America and Israel has issued one condition for Israel to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners as a price for Shalit freedom.

Shalit captivity has caused Israel to rerun military operation in Gaza Strip where they withdrew from that area in 2005.

Only God knows why Hadas wants to take army service. She seems to follow his brother’s path, whether it will be happy ending, it’s not clear.

Arutz Sheva/Yediot Ahronot/Faisal Assegaf

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