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Staff Sgt. (Res.) Gal Meir Eisenkot, son of former IDF Chief of Staff and War Cabinet member Gadi Eisenkot, fell Thursday in the Gaza War, in battle in the northern Gaza Strip. Eisenkot, 25, from Herzliya, enlisted in Shayetet 13 and transferred to the elite Magellan unit, where he served as a combat medic. In the reserves, he served as an infantry fighter in the 699th Battalion, in the 551st Reserve Brigade.
When he was 11 years old, Gal Eizenkot participated in the children's channel television game show "Summer Journey", broadcast between 2002 and 2012, somewhat reminiscent of the reality show "Survivor". In the program, a group of boys and girls embarked on a journey of several days in different places in Israel and coped with various challenges.
In one of the segments at the beginning of the program in which he participated, Eizenkot introduced himself as follows: "Hello, my name is Gal, I am 11 years old from Herzliya. My hobbies are meeting up with friends, riding my bike, going to the beach, going to the Scouts, I also go to the gym. I'm suitable for Summer Travel because of the experience, because of the extreme, I love it. I used to save money for shoes. I think saving is really good in general, because it helps, you don't always have to depend on your mom and dad to bring you money."
Tal Mossari, one of the program's facilitators, remembers Eisenkot well. "He was a shy, sociable boy who helped everyone," Mosseri told Walla! Culture. "He really wanted to be part of the show, but without looking for the spotlight. He projected something very simple, modest and the most Israeli. His father did everything to give his son the stage, without pushing him and without being mentioned as Gadi Eisenkot's son. Even then I understood and saw what a wonderful boy grew up here and what an education for excellence, love of the country and the way of the land he received. With his modesty, he conquered us all. I guess God really takes the best."
In the morning, Eizenkot's force searched the outskirts of Jabaliya, in the Sheikh Zayed area, Ziv Pir was open, approached by a Yahalam force, and then an IED exploded. Eizenkot was seriously injured in the explosion and evacuated to Assuta Hospital in Ashdod, where he was pronounced dead. His father, Minister Eisenkot, was visiting the 162nd Division base in the Gaza Strip at the time and was updated on the incident when it occurred. Eisenkot had five children, Gal was his youngest son.
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Gal Eisenkot, who fell in Gaza, and his father, former IDF Chief of Staff and War Cabinet member Gadi Eisenkot/Courtesy of the family
Gal Eizenkot at the age of 11 in the program "Summer Journey" on the children's channel / screenshot, children's channel
Minister Benny Gantz, chairman of the state camp, said this evening following the fall of Gal Eisenkot: "During the day tour of the 162nd Division headquarters, we received harsh news about the fall of Gal, the son of my friend Gadi Eisenkot. Gal did not hesitate and enlisted in the reserves for the country he was raised to love all his life, and which he loved with every fiber of his soul. Together with all the people of Israel, I send great support to Gadi and the entire family, and a big hug. We are all obligated to continue fighting for the sacred cause in whose name Gal fell. Capricorn, we've known each other for decades. For you, home is the pattern of the country's native landscape. I know how strong you are. How united your family is. How you always look after everyone's home, and also your personal home. It will be the same now, I'm sure. You will look after the family, and you will all keep each other strong. May the memory of Gal and the memory of all those who fell in the battle for our home be blessed. In his name as well, in their name, we continue our mission."
President Herzog said following Gal Eisenkot's fall: "Michal and I are saddened and pained by the deep mourning of Gadi and Hannah Eizenkot over the loss of their son Gal in battle in the Gaza Strip. Gadi told me more than once about Gal, who was the pattern of his family's landscape - values, striving for excellence, and loved by everyone. Gadi devotes his entire life to Israel's security, the IDF and the state, and today he and his family are paying an unbearable price. Gal was educated from childhood to love the people and the homeland and acted in this spirit at every moment, even when he was killed. Together with the entire nation, I embrace the bereaved Israeli family, whose sacrifice is heavy and unbearable, and pledge that we will continue to protect our people and our beloved country, for their sake and for us. May the memory of Gal and the fallen in the war be blessed."
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