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Today a ceremony was held at end of an Ulpan course for 300 new Israeli soldiers, all lone soldiers from countries around the world.
They were smiling, in spite of the situation.
I was smiling because our true protective edge is the brains and talent of these young people.
My son-in-law got called up for reserve duty, not smiling so much here as Operation Protective Edge edges closer to home.
Photo credit: Jesse Nowlin