Daily Israel Report

Wounded IDF Soldier Recovers in Time for Hanukkah

Sergeant Shimon Alankri, who was seriously wounded last month in a terrorist attack on an IDF jeep, has recovered.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/11/2012, 1:14 AM

 Wounded Israeli soldiers are wheeled into Soroka hospital.
Wounded Israeli soldiers are wheeled into Soroka hospital.
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A Hanukkah miracle. Sergeant Shimon Alankri, who was seriously wounded last month when a jeep of the IDF’s Givati ​​Brigade was hit by an anti-tank missile fired by Gaza terrorists, has recovered.

On Monday, Alankri spoke to Channel 2 News, recalled the attack and talked about what he has gone through since.

"The fact that I got out of this alive is proof that I won," he said, recalling that his doctors had been concerned he would lose his eyesight. "I woke up two days after being on a respirator .... There is no doubt that I received a gift from G-d. It’s a miracle and I am now starting a new life.”

Alankari underwent a series of treatments, after which he regained his sight.

"We heard a huge explosion," he recalled the attack. "I saw my friends returning fire and I was sure we were about to fall victim to an abduction. It was only when I got to the hospital that I allowed myself to close my eyes."

On Sunday, Alankri returned to the Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva where he was treated and lit Hanukkah candles with the doctors who saved his sight.

"I assured him that none of us will leave him for even a moment," Gabriel, his twin brother, told Channel 2. Alankri now faces a long rehabilitation period, after which, he hopes – he will be able to return to his unit.