73 years of history were signed on Monday evening at the "Katsavia" base in the Golan Heights, when the flag of the PLSAR 7 unit was lowered, and the last fighters of the unit marked the closure of the old unit. And now the rest are making the final logistical preparations for dismantling.
At the beginning of the year, the IDF decided to close the veteran PLSAR, which fought in the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, among other things, and suffered heavy casualties along with quite a few IDF soldiers. "Attack" and close the two armored patrol companies in the 401st Brigade and the 7th Brigade.
Following the decision, Palsar 7 began disbanding the teams in the various units about five months ago and preparing for the unit's closure. “For me the unit is a home, a family, and first and foremost a symbol. This is a mythological unit. For me, it is impossible to close a symbol, so I hope that the unit will come back to life. The needs and demands on the ground will cause the military to bring it back. "I may be mistaken, but those are the feelings in my heart."
The company commander, Major Daniel Eitan, says during the final preparations for the closure of the unit that until the last minute, the teams were operating in the field.
"Until two weeks ago, we were in ambush, hiding in the field and waiting for the enemy. There is no doubt that this was an infantry unit that knew how to carry out the mission in the highest quality.
"I believe in myself that in a few years the unit will be rebuilt, in a different way, because it has no replacement."
Just before the warriors of the past and the warriors of the present dispersed each in his own way, they crowded into a special common picture.
Levy presented a picture of a jeep from 1973, a few months before the war, with seven fighters on it, including three who fell in the Yom Kippur War - David Shaul, Avi Buzaglo and Ephraim Shasha, their memory blessed, and he and the fighters today who repeated the same scene.
"We will continue our mission," he concludes.
"We will continue to hold the annual memorial ceremonies, and hope that one day the PLSAR will be resurrected."