Daily Israel Report

Anonymous Hero Receives Certificate of Excellence

Captain in Intelligence Corps honored for breakthroughs, operational courage and great contribution to security.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/5/2012, 9:11 AM

Ayin, Lt. Gen. Gantz, Maj. Gen. Kochavi
Ayin, Lt. Gen. Gantz, Maj. Gen. Kochavi
IDF Spokesman


An anonymous hero of Israel's ongoing struggle for survival was honored Wednesday by the IDF. The public cannot be told, and may never be told, just what his exploits were.

Lieutenant General Benny Gantz and the Head of Military Intelligence, Major General Aviv Kohavi, awarded a Certificate of Excellence to an officer with the rank of captain who serves in one of the elite and secret units in Military Intelligence.

The captain received the certificate for "groundbreaking achievements, operational daring, courage, and his great contribution to the security of the State of Israel."

The IDF Spokesman's unit did not provide the officer's name – only a first initial in Hebrew – the letter "ayin." In English, this could be the first letter in a name that begins with any vowel -- a, e, i, o or u. 

What did Ayin do? Did he head an elite team that collected data on Iranian nuclear activities on enemy soil? Did he singlehandedly prevent an enemy force from capturing an invaluable intelligence asset? Did he dive out of a submarine in the Persian Gulf, tunnel into Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's home and place a wiretap in his basement? We will probably never know.