AN Israeli soldier who grew up in Melbourne is recuperating in a military hospital in Petach Tikva, near Tel Aviv, after he was shot while in Gaza with his IDF unit last week.
Former Yavneh student Daniel Wein, 22, is being treated at Bellinson hospital where his father Simon is a resident doctor and is expected to make a full recovery after a bullet passed through his thigh.
His mother Lena rushed to his side and older brother Rafi, who was called up from the reserves to serve in Gaza, was granted leave to visit him.
“Poor mum, I’m worried for her. I’m here and [Rafi] is in Gaza, so we can’t communicate,” Wein told Israeli television station Nana 10. “If they call up my third brother, then it will be a total balagan (chaos),” he added.
In the report, Wein can be seen using a walker similar to a Zimmer frame as well as crutches as he takes small steps under the guidance of hospital staff. He sports a large bandage on his left leg where he was shot, but appears to be in good spirits, smiling and laughing as he speaks to his brother.
He also hugs Rafi and tells his brother to “take care” as he leaves.
The Israeli family lived in Melbourne for seven years before moving back to Israel in 2007 and according to Rafi, there are no regrets.
“When there’s an idea, there are principles that you work towards, which you must be prepared to do, to contribute to,” Rafi told a Nana 10 reporter.
“Everyone has to contribute, the Australians, the Finnish, the Americans, all Jewish people in our land. It’s not uncommon, just here it’s a bit more extreme than other places in the world.
“Wearing Tzahal uniforms and to be able to protect our country in this way; we have to see it as a privilege, something that 60, 70 years ago people could not even dream of.”
Simon added: “This is what we believe. This is our country and we have come back home and we will not move from here.”
Daniel Wein is expected to make a full recovery. Photo: Facebook