This is a very special video of some very special people. Really, it is about a special nation that was called upon to withstand an incredible and frightening experience - war - yet again.
But Israel pulled together - citizens and soldiers. This video shows you, a year later, some amazing young people. Try to remember, as you listen to them tell you about last summer, that they are only in their early 20s. One is the brother of Hadar Goldin, who was killed during the fighting. Hamas still holds his body. They attempted to imply that Hadar was alive, a prisoner to be turned into a bargaining chip.
This time, they were denied that because Hadar's commanding officer risked his life to try to get Hadar back. He ran into the tunnel...alone. If I was his commanding officer, I would award him the highest honor. If I was his mother, I would smack him, hug him, smack him, hug him and never let him out of the house again.
Brave young men and women who were on the edge last year and protected Israel. They were, in a very real sense, our protective edge.