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Meet Moshe our Bus Driver

Monday, 18 February, 2019 - 11:32 pm

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We are blessed to have an amazing bus driver, Moshe Ilan. He is a great driver and very friendly. We love having Moshe drive us around. Moshe lives on a moshav not far from Kibbutz Lavi up north. He has children and grandchildren. If there is time he will take us there.

We would also like to let you know that we were so excited to find out that Moshe was one of the soldiers who liberated Jerusalem during the Six Day War. We interviewed Moshe about his experience. He was very modest about the entire event. 

Here is what he told us about the experience. Moshe was a paratrooper in the IDF. During the battle for Jerusalem, they did not paratroop in, but walked. His group of soldiers walked in through the Augusta Victoria section, where there was a Jordanian hospital. He recalls that there were hundreds of Jordanian soldiers. The soldiers shot at the Israeli soldiers. It was a tough battle. He also saw many Jordanian citizens who were throwing rocks at the Israeli soldiers from the street level and from their porches.

Moshe recalls the first moment he saw the Kotel. Tears were streaming down his eyes as he gazed at the Wall. Moshe said it is a day he will never forget and will remember for the rest of his life. Moshe told us that many of his friends died in the battle, some even at his feet. After visiting and davening at the Kotel, we feel a deep sense of gratitude for Moshe. We thanked him and clapped for his bravery so we could visit the Kotel today.

Moshe still keeps up with his army friends. He says that they are his closest friends in the world. He explained that while in the army you know that your life is in the hands of your friends and you are responsible for their lives. These are relationships that cannot be measured.

Thank you Moshe. We are honored to know you.

Comments on: Meet Moshe our Bus Driver
2/22/2019

Andrea Olkin wrote...

What a beautiful story! How amazing to have Moshe as your bus driver!