Lonely Soldier: The Memoir of an American in the Israeli Army

Harmon, Adam

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ISBN 10: 0891418741 / ISBN 13: 9780891418740
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Sinopsis: He is an American citizen and an Israeli soldier. Now, in a stunning memoir, Adam Harmon recounts his service with one of the most effective and admired fighting forces in the world.

Raised with a strong Jewish identity in New England, Harmon visited Israel as a teenager in 1984. He immediately knew he wanted to live there. Six years later, the Palestinian Intifida was under way and Iraq had invaded Kuwait. Just out of college, Harmon was back in Israel, joining the military. Without family in the country, he was designated a chayal boded, or lonely soldier.

One of the few nonnatives to become an Israeli paratrooper and already an old man in a country where service is compulsory after high school Harmon describes the tough training and strict standards that define the Israeli combatant. From the very first push-up to ambushes in Lebanon and operations in the West Bank, readers march alongside Harmon and discover the value of having retsach bi anigh (murder in your eye) and learn why time is holy.

The Israeli military culture surprised Harmon. It was very different from the one he expected to find. As within the U.S. military, Israeli soldiers avoid punishment only by being perfectionists, but the Israeli military has an unusually high regard for individualism. Commanders rely more on achieving consensus than on issuing orders; and every soldier is free to disobey an order he finds immoral.

Over the next thirteen years, Harmon was in the ranks of a military that was adapting to ever-changing threats. In 1990 killing was always used as a last resort, but by 2002 targeted assassinations were employed to decapitate terrorist gangs. Harmon s own wish for a separate Palestinian state never wavered, but his dismay at the increasing violence by Palestinians, desperate to achieve independence, mirrors the growing belief in Israel that a true rapprochement is not on the horizon.

Lonely Soldier, completed as Israel was beginning to disengage from Gaza, is a unique and thrilling glimpse into a revered yet misunderstood institution that is integral to Middle East peace.

About the Author: Born and raised in New Hampshire, Adam moved to Israel because he felt a deep connection to the country and the people. Joining the military was more about shouldering his responsibility as a member of the community than a personal mission to experience life as a soldier.

To his great surprise, Adam soon discovered that the Israeli military culture - it's pursuit of excellence, focus on collaboration without regard for rank, and high moral standards - fit him well.

Since 1990, he has served with the Israeli Paratroopers and a Special Operations reserve unit. Even though he lives and works in the US today, he still returns for reserve duty.

As such, he has conducted operations against Hezbollah in Lebanon, carried out missions in the West Bank and Gaza during the first Intifadah - including the capture of the PLO headquarters in Ramallah) - and served as a reservist throughout the Oslo Peace Process.

In 2002, when the second Intifadah reached its peak and the IDF called up its military reserves in order to retake control of the West Bank and Gaza, he flew back to Israel from the US, where he was working.

And in 2003, he returned to serve in the Jenin region. His unit took part in operations that led to the capture of a leader of the Islamic Jihad, several suicide bombers, and other organizers of terror.

Since 2003, He has briefed members of the US Marine Corps, the US Army, and RAND on his experiences with the IDF and provided information that was part of US Marine Corps officer training prior to deployment in Iraq.

In 2006, he participated in the US Army s premiere wargame, Unified Quest. Participant input is an important part of US military efforts to improve current capabilities and prepare for future conflicts.

In addition, he has lectured at the US Army Combat Institute at Fort Leavenworth on the political consequences of military operations.

As a guest on several CNN and Fox programs, nationally syndicated radio programs, and local news talk radio shows, he discusses current events in the Middle East and counter-insurgency best practices.

He also lectures at universities and community events across the country.

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Título: Lonely Soldier: The Memoir of an American in...
Editorial: Presidio Press
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