Shraga Stern didn’t hesitate to buy a ticket from Chicago to Israel on October 7 to join the coming fight against Hamas, even before the Israeli Defense Forces asked him to.
“One of my men met me at the airport,” Stern told The Daily Wire in southern Israel. “I already had all my gear for my uniform, and everything and I came straight to the battlefield.”
Stern, 38, is one of more than 360,000 reservists called up to defeat Hamas after its brutal attack on Israeli civilians in early October. When he arrived in the area surrounding Gaza, he observed burnt cars with bodies hanging out of them.
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“We showed up where the Nova Festival was and there were still bodies laying around and fighting was still going on,” he said. “Towns that were burnt and destroyed. It felt like the whole region was totally a war zone out of control.”
While Stern has been exposed to the chaos of this ongoing war, he said the memory of collecting the body of a young Israeli woman by the Gaza border is burned into his mind.
“We found a woman and she had long curly hair and she was handcuffed with hands behind her back. That kind of stuck with me,” he said. “I…