Former Israeli parliament member and major general in the military reserves, Yair Golan, is urging optimism following the recent Hamas attack on Israel. Golan, who aligns with the left-leaning political spectrum, has taken to the streets to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right government.
With five sons of his own, Golan is intimately aware of the dangers that come with military service in Israel. However, despite the risks, all five of his sons have chosen to serve their country. In fact, when news of the Hamas attack reached him, Golan immediately rushed to the scene to provide assistance.
On his way, Golan picked up three individuals who had managed to escape the attacked festival. Showing extraordinary courage, he made two more trips to rescue additional survivors. While these actions may seem reckless to some, Golan emphasizes that compared to his previous experiences, his actions during the attack were relatively less dangerous.
During an interview, Golan spoke about the delicate balance he maintains when discussing military service with his sons. He is mindful of providing advice that could potentially be lethal, understanding the immense responsibility that comes with guiding his children through their military careers.
When asked about his unwavering resolve and ability to remain hopeful, Golan credits his father for instilling in him the importance of focusing on building and being optimistic, rather than dwelling on negative feelings. He firmly believes that the priority should be rebuilding the nation in the aftermath of such attacks.
In these troubling times, individuals like Yair Golan serve as beacons of hope and inspiration. Despite the challenges, they remind us that optimism and perseverance can play a vital role in rebuilding and uniting a nation.
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