"I know that Hamas terrorists chose to hide in schools and hospitals, forcing 18-year-old Israeli soldiers to make the hardest decisions possible," says A., whose name cannot be revealed at the request of the IDF.
"And no other army will have done a better job," he continues, earning a loud round of applause. "My friends and I maintain the highest moral standards, not out of fear of the international community, but because this is what we were taught at home and in school - that every life is precious."
A., from Ashdod, served as a combat soldier in the Egozi Brigade, in an anti-terror unit. He also served as a combat intelligence officer in the Golani Brigade.
He fought in the previous two operations in Gaza, but this time has found himself fighting for Israel on a different front, as he is in the US studying at Brandeis.