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Maj. A. of Duvdevan
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A commando comments on finding a rifle inside a child’s bed
A Duvdevan deputy commander writes how he felt when his unit uncovered an M-16 concealed within a child’s bed made with Dora the Explorer sheets.

I had heard about Dora the Explorer mainly in the context of children. I had heard she was an educational figure. To see Dora bedding next to that assault rifle was unusual. It felt low and despicable.

 

 

We enter children’s rooms and look for weapons because there is an understanding that they may hide them there as well. Even though I had never encountered such a thing before, we check every corner. Then one of my soldiers, who was searching the headboard posed above where the little girl slept, suddenly pulled out an M-16 rifle.

 

M-16 found in child's bed (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
M-16 found in child's bed (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

 

On the one hand, it is very gratifying and satisfying to find the weapon because our mission was to locate the weapons with which the attack was carried out. On the other hand, I find this bizarre. I would not risk my family that way.

 

It was incomprehensible. I didn’t expect that there, in an innocent children’s bed, there would be an assault rifle used for murder. There’s a dividing line here. Hiding a weapon in your daughter’s bed is not something that is on the border of reason.

 

Over time, we learn the methods of the other side and how they conceal weapons. This crossed another line of basic moral standards.

 

Maj. A. on Thursday (Photo: Yuval Chen)
Maj. A. on Thursday (Photo: Yuval Chen)

 

The arrest of this cell is one of the many highlights of the unit that attests to what is happening in the territories and to the work of the unit every night. The sense of satisfaction is tremendous. What keeps me—as a 30-year-old man—in the army is those moments when you really feel the defense of the country.

 

The beauty of the Duvdevan unit is the creativity expressed in the sentence that serves as our motto: “For by wise counsel thou shalt make war.” We know how to reach anywhere in the most surprising and silent way.

 

Bed used for storing weapons (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Bed used for storing weapons (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

 

My message to the terrorists is that we will reach them anywhere and at any time. We will do everything to reach every person we need to get our hands on.

 

(Translated and edited by J. Herzog)

 

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