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September 18, 2015 5:34 am

Female IDF Commander Receives Citation for Foiling Major Infiltration of Terrorists Into Israel

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Captain Or Ben Yehuda will be receiving a citation for foiling an infiltration attempt by 23 terrorists last October. PHOTO: IDF Spokesman

Captain Or Ben Yehuda was awarded a citation for foiling an infiltration attempt by 23 terrorists last October. PHOTO: IDF Spokesman

A company commander in the Israeli army’s mixed-gender Caracal Battalion, was awarded a citation for foiling an attempt by 23 terrorists to infiltrate Israel through the Sinai border, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Thursday.

On October 22, 2014, Captain Or Ben Yehuda and Staff Sergeant (ret.) Yuri Zoib identified a number of suspects approaching the border fence between Israel and Egypt. As they came close to the soldiers the perpetrators opened fire from three separate locations wounding both of them.

Ben Yehuda managed to return fire, in spite of bullet wounds to her upper body.

When the communications officer on the scene was also hit, she ran to assist him, sustaining an additional wound to her arm. She then crawled to the command vehicle, called for a medical evacuation and returned to the wounded soldier.

When medical personnel arrived, she ordered them to treat her fellow wounded soldier first.

The IDF citation read: “Through her actions, Captain Or, despite her wounds, demonstrated brotherhood and dedication to her soldiers, professionalism, cool-headedness under fire, mental fortitude and a willingness to carry out her job above and beyond the call of duty.”

Staff Sergeant Zoib, the company commander’s driver and a medic, was also awarded a citation. “Without waiting for an order, on his own initiative and under fire from terrorists, Staff Sergeant Yuri rescued the communications officer from danger, treated him and then began treating the other wounded soldiers in his company,” it stated. “He demonstrated solidarity and devotion to his fellow soldiers, even at risk to his own life.”

IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkott approved the citations for Ben Yehuda and Zoib for their heroic efforts in preventing the infiltration.


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  • Ben Merson

    Capt. Or, has shown cool headedness and protection to her troops. Yasher Koach.

  • Annie

    Admiration and deepest respect to both Captain Or and Staff sargeant Zoib. We are proud and grateful to these both remarkable Israelis.

  • Vivienne Ziner

    May Hashem bless Captain Or Ben Yehuda and Staff Sargeant (Ret.) Yuri Zoib , and all the brave IDF soldiers !!!!!!

    And may the world recognize the contribution of our fabulous women soldiers (phew!phew!phew!), their decency, their bravery, their commitment to the most spectacular country in the world, Eretz Y’Isroel! (along with Canada, of course)

    May Israel, her soldiers, her citizens of all religions, persuasions, ethnic background be safe and have peace in the this coming year. AMEN.


  • Atilla

    Captain Or demonstrates the differences between the Israeli military and the snivelling, pathetic, muslime sympathizing excuses the western militaries have become.

    The Israelis award her courage, the despicable English would have charged her with murder……….

  • Sorry, should say May OUR G-D, not the G-D

  • HaShem be with all of you! Blessings upon these officers and all who protect Israel! Please know that the PEOPLE of The United States are still with you! Our government regime does not speak for all of us! May the G-D continue to protect HIS people and Israel! Baruch HaShem!

  • Marcella Wachtel

    Thank you for your bravery and for protecting our country from those who would harm us. Thank you for your service to us in Israel, and to Jews all over the world.

  • Yetty Blum

    Kol hakavod Captain Or.

  • Theodore Crawford

    Kol ha’kavod!


    I am very proud of you. G-d bless you and keep you.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Joyce Fulps
    Retired Army Nurse Corps

  • Pinchas Baram in Boston

    kol hakavod. so unlike the jappy lefty jewish young women in abundance in the usa.

  • Clifford Ross

    Well done ! Good luck to you in the future.

  • God bless you, Or.


    Kol Hakavod to both! May Hashem always protect those who protect our borders

  • Virginia

    respect to Captain Or and Staff sargeant Zoib

    • Sonia Willats

      Kol hakavod to them all. They are true children of Israel!