Wounded Israeli Soldier, Israeli Pop Star in Live Hospital Ward Duet
An IDF soldier wounded in Israel’s three-week-old Operation Protective Edge in Gaza joined one of the country’s biggest pop stars in a live radio gig on Wednesday.
Idan Raichel, best known for his crossover Middle East, pop and electronic fusion “Idan Raichel Project” visited troops at Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center, located some 45 kilometers east of the coastal enclave.
“I was walking through the wards here at he hospital, and came across this soldier…” Reichel told the afternoon program host.
Together with a soldier, called “Y” to protect his identity, the two informally collaborated on a live radio performance of pop hit “If you Go.”
“He said he played piano, and I asked him to get up from his bed, and, with his bandaged arm, he played together with me,” Reichel said.
The soldier’s mother told the program host, Yael Dayan, that her son broke down and cried from the emotional moment.
The mom said her son called her after he was wounded, and told her that he was still able to play piano, and that Idan opened him up in that very sensitive place.