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      Wounded Soldier: ‘I’d Join Units in Gaza if I Could’

      Aharon Karov was grievously wounded in the last Gaza operation, but would fight in Operation Pillar of Defense if he could.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 11/18/2012, 6:30 AM

      Aharon Karov
      Aharon Karov
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      When Israel last went into Gaza, one of the casualties was young soldier Aharon Karov, who was grievously wounded when terrorists bombed a house in which he and fellow soldiers were sitting. Karov suffered a serious head wound and other injuries, and doctors did not believe he would survive.

      Despite his past, Karov told Channel 10 that he would join the soldiers preparing to enter Gaza if he could.

      “We’re fighting for the state of Israel and the people of Israel,” he explained.

      Karov told interviewers that injuries like his have a lifelong effect. “I feel my wound to this day, and I will feel it for my entire life,” he said. “A person who was injured is someone injured, he will always remember the injury.”

      He said he struggles with daily tasks, but is determined to live a normal life.

      Karov’s story made headlines nationwide at the time due not only to the severity of his injury, but to the fact that he had been married just one day earlier. Since then he has undergone extensive rehabilitation and returned to his wife, and the young couple now has two children, a two-year-old girl and a nine-month-old boy.

      Former IDF spokesman Avi Benayahu, who saw Karov when he was first hospitalized, said during his rehabilitation that his recovery was “a tremendous miracle.”