Fighting spirit

Izzy Ezagui lost an arm during his IDF service – but returned to active duty as a sharpshooter.

By LIANE GRUNBERG WAKABAYASHI
June 14, 2018 18:23
2 minute read.
ISRAELI SOLDIERS stand guard during confrontations with Palestinian protesters in 2014

ISRAELI SOLDIERS stand guard during confrontations with Palestinian protesters in 2014. (photo credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS)

Izzy Ezagui is the one and only onearmed sniper in the IDF – and likely the world – to voluntarily re-enlist and return to active duty after losing an arm. The American fighter has now penned a memoir of sorts, titled Disarmed: Unconventional Lessons from the World’s Only One-Armed Special Forces Sharpshooter.

Ezagui was injured in a mortar fire attack during Operation Cast Lead, the devastating three-week war in Gaza in 2009. But despite his horrible injury and loss, Ezagui has written a laughout- loud account of being outwardly courageous and soothing his own inner wimp. He saves a drowning woman in rough waters off the coast of Herzliya. He prepares for re-entry into active duty as an IDF soldier by teaching himself how to cock and shoot a gun with one hand and a stump. Eventually he is decorated for his active service, becoming a commander in an elite canine unit of the Israeli Army.

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