Bereaved Mother: Shahar Had Blue Eyes Like the Sea

'This is the price we pay for being here,' says father of 72nd Israeli killed in Gaza war, Sgt. Shahar Shalev.

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Shimon Shalev, father of paratrooper Sgt. Shahar Shalev hy”d, spoke Sunday about his son, who succumbed to his wounds today after being critically wounded during Operation Protective Edge.

"We received our boy for one and a half months as a gift,” he said, “because his friends were killed in that battle and we had the time to say goodbye to him. This is the price for our being here, it is the kind of price that has to be paid and there is no alternative, unfortunately. “

"Shahar wanted to serve in the Paratroopers and was happy that he made it to the unit,” Shalev recalled. “From what we understand from his friends and commanders, he did good work on the battlefield.”

"He was a boy with blue eyes, like the sea,” Shahar's mother, Naomi, said. “ He liked to collect friends, both older and younger than him.”

Naomi said that Shahar was beloved by his friends, who came to visit him in the hospital after he was wounded. “In recent weeks, many friends came; everyone loved him very much. He always wanted to enlist to an elite unit and he always did the maximum.”

"G-d wanted him," the father said. "We have nothing to add."

Shahar Shalev's funeral will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m., in the regional cemetery at Hispin. He is survived by his parents and six brothers and sisters.