An Edison native serving with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was injured during the recent combat in Gaza.
Sgt. Moshe Hirt, 21, suffered a head wound when a retaining wall fell on him, according to reports.
Hirt, a graduate of Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, is the son of Howie and Sharon Hirt of Edison and grandson of David and Gilda Singer of Highland Park.
About 750 Americans currently serve in the Israeli military, according to Friends of IDF, a support group.
Two Americans fighting for the Jewish democracy — Max Steinberg, 24, and Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21 — were among 65 Israeli soldiers killed since the ground invasion against Hamas began on July 17.
According to news agencies, the Palestinian death toll is about 2,150, including more than 1,500 civilians.
“We are very proud of him, but this is how we raised him,” said Sharon Hirt, the injured soldier’s mother. “We were not surprised when he told us he was going to Israel to study and join the IDF. We support him 100 percent.”
She said her son left for Israel shortly after graduating from the Torah Academy of Bergen County more than two years ago.
On July 8, the IDF launched Operation Protective Edge to stop rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, expanding to a ground invasion with the stated aim of destroying Gaza’s tunnel system.
The war in Gaza ended on Tuesday after Israel and the Palestinians agreed to halt fighting indefinitely, putting an end to seven weeks of catastrophic loss of life and destruction, on terms brokered by the Egyptian government.
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