Moshe and Orel Edri 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
In the five years following his mandatory service in the IAF, Orel Edri had
never once been called to reserve duty, something that very much bothered
“I felt like I wasn’t contributing and I really wanted to,” he told
The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, during IDF reservists’ appreciation week. “I
don’t know if it was because something was wrong, or they had no need to ask
“You can look at it from a selfish point of view: I wanted the
feeling of pitching in; it brings me back six years ago to my service,” he
Frustrated at the situation, Edri turned to his father, Moshe
Edri, who works at the Israel Electric Company in Ashdod and has been serving in
the reserves since 1982 as a vehicle mechanic.
“I understood that they
were missing soldiers in his battalion, so I told him I wanted to join,” Orel
It has now been about six months since he started serving in
the reserves side by side with Moshe, for whom serving is “part of [his] love
“Every time they call me, I’m happy and I’m excited,” Moshe
told the Post. “It’s fun to contribute. For as long as I can do that, feel like
I help, that I am important, and receive good feedback, I will continue to
“The day they tell me that I’m a burden, I’ll go home,” he
Moshe added that serving with his son allows them to enjoy
“quality time” together.
“He is now married and he doesn’t live close, so
it’s great to get to be together all day, work together and sleep in the same
room,” Moshe said. “Even when he lived at home we didn’t get to do
The first time the two were called for reserve duty together was
during Operation Pillar of Defense last fall.
While he admits that being
with his father helped him go through the stressful time, Orel also expressed
“We both had to leave the family at home and they were
worried,” he explained. “I’m with him, and it is always better together, but we
are also thinking about my mom and my wife who were both alone.”
constantly calling home. They calmed us, we calmed them,” Moshe
“You have to give credit to the women – they really support
“At my job, too, they support reservists, and that’s also something
very important,” he continued.
“I think we have gone completely opposite
to what we used to in this country: People don’t value it. They think that
whoever serves in the reserves is a patsy. It shouldn’t be like that.”